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FBI: No evidence man who attacked Philly cop part of organized cell

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 15, 2016 2:08 AM
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In this frame from a Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 video provided by the Philadelphia Police Department, Edward Archer runs with a gun toward a police car driven by Officer Jesse Hartnett in Philadelphia. Archer, using a gun stolen from police, said he was acting in the name of Islam when he ambushed Hartnett sitting in his marked cruiser at an intersection, firing shots at point-blank range, authorities said. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP)

(Philadelphia) -- The FBI says there's no indication that the man who ambushed a Philadelphia policeman was part of an organized terror cell. 

FBI Director James Comey says the attack also didn't appear to involve a plot of violence beyond the January 7 shooting that injured Officer Jesse Hartnett. 

Police say Yeadon resident Edward Archer told them he was acting in the name of Islam when he opened fire on Hartnett's marked cruiser at an intersection. 

Archer is charged with attempted murder but hasn't entered a plea.

His mother says he had been hearing voices.  

Police say Archer pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. 

A tipster told police Archer was part of a group that included three others.

Police had said they were not sure of its credibility.  

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