The Corner

Law & the Courts

Lone Wolf Terror in Philadelphia? Man Reportedly Tries to Execute Philly Police Officer “In the Name of Islam”

Late last night, a man wearing Muslim clothing tried to execute a Philadelphia police officer. The images are chilling. They show him running up the squad car, firing as he runs:

He reportedly fired thirteen times, striking officer Jesse Hartnett three times in the arm. Incredibly, Hartnett was able to return fire and wounded the suspect. Hartnett has suffered severe injuries to his arm, and faces a “long road to recovery,” but his wounds were thankfully not mortal. The suspect’s condition is not known.

While police have not commented on a motive, sources say that the suspect has confessed to shooting the officer “in the name of Islam.”

As with all such incidents, it’s worth remembering that early reports are often wrong. We’re still waiting for official police comment on the identity and motive of the attacker. For now, however, we can be grateful for the miracle of the cop’s survival and for his courage and presence of mind to immediately fire back. He spared the city a dangerous manhunt and likely further violence. 

It’s worth remembering that if not for the courage of a number of police officers, the terrorist carnage in 2015 would have been much worse. A police officer stopped a potential massacre in Garland, Texas. Officers ultimately stopped a terrorist rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Police stopped a potentially ISIS-inspired stabbing spree at the University of California Merced. And of course but for the firefight with the San Bernardino police, the shooters in America’s worst terror attack since 9/11 likely would have struck again. 

Keep checking the Corner. We’ll post updates as information arrives.

David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Most Popular

White House

The Mueller Report Should Shock Our Conscience

I've finished reading the entire Mueller report, and I must confess that even as a longtime, quite open critic of Donald Trump, I was surprised at the sheer scope, scale, and brazenness of the lies, falsehoods, and misdirections detailed by the Special Counsel's Office. We've become accustomed to Trump making up ... Read More

What’s So Great about Western Civilization

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Redacted: Harm to Ongoing Matter), One of the things I tell new parents is something that was told to me when my daughter still had that ... Read More
White House

The Problem with the Mueller Report

So much for collusion. The media conversation has now officially moved on from the obsession of the last two years to obstruction of justice. That’s because the first volume of the voluminous Mueller report, the half devoted to what was supposed to be the underlying crime of a Trump conspiracy with Russia, ... Read More

Screw York Yankees

You are dead to me. You are a collection of Fredos. The cock has crowed, you pathetic sniveling jerks. The team I have rooted for since 1965, when I first visited the House that Ruth Built, where I hawked peanuts and ice cream a lifetime ago, watched countless games (Guidry striking out 18!), has gotten so ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Trump Can’t Cry ‘No Fair’

If I may jump in, I take Charlie’s point and I think he’s largely correct. I also think David is correct. There’s not that much of a contradiction in that because I think to some extent they’re talking about different things. And this reflects a larger frustration I have with many of the ... Read More