The news outlet also reported that Edward Archer, 30, was not on any terrorist watch lists and was due to be sentenced Monday for an unrelated crime.
Archer appears to have made a trip to Saudi Arabia in 2011 for Hajj, the sacred Muslim pilgrimage, and then to Egypt in 2012. Investigators are looking into whether those trips were related to Friday’s shooting.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters on Friday that Archer confessed to ambushing Officer Jesse Hartnett at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday as he sat behind the wheel of his cruiser because police enforce rules that go against the Quran.
Archer allegedly used a stolen police handgun to fire 11 shots at Hartnett, who was hit by three bullets in the left arm but returned fire and even exited his vehicle to pursue Archer. One of Hartnett’s shots struck Archer in the buttocks.
Hartnett underwent extensive surgery for his injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.
Ross said that Archer stopped short of telling detectives whether he was involved with any terror organization or larger plot, but police are investigating all possibilities. Authorities are searching Archer’s mother’s home in Yeadon, where he lived, as well as a residence in the city.
ABC also detailed Archer’s criminal history, including the fact he was due to be sentence Monday on charges of forgery, altering a document, careless driving and driving on a revoked license in a 2012 case out of Media, Delaware County.
In 2013, Archer was arrested in the city for making terroristic threats as well as gun charges. He eventually pleaded guilty to carrying an unlicensed gun and assault and was paroled for time served.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Friday that Archer is a violent criminal, and that the shooting is not a representation of Islam or its teachings.
Last night’s shooting had nothing to do with any faith. It was a violent assault by a criminal. I urge all Philadelphians to stand together.
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) January 8, 2016