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FBI treating shooting ambush of officer as terrorist attack

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 14, 2016 3:05 AM
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An investigator walks through the scene of a shooting Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. A Philadelphia police officer was shot multiple times by a man who ambushed him as he sat in his marked police cruiser, authorities said. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)

(Pitttsburgh) -- The FBI says it's investigating the ambush shooting of a Philadelphia policeman as a terrorist attack. 

FBI Director James Comey says the Islamic State has been "crowd-sourcing terrorism.''

He says it uses social media to encourage violence and its message "tends to resonate with troubled souls.'' 

Police say Edward Archer told them he was acting in the name of Islam when he opened fire on Officer Jesse Hartnett's marked cruiser on January 7 at a Philadelphia intersection.

The officer was wounded. 

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

His mother says he had been hearing voices and felt targeted by police. 

Police say Archer pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. 

An investigation into whether Archer had terror connections is underway.

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