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Philadelphia Police probe tip radical group wants to harm officers

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 11, 2016 2:38 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) -- Police in Philadelphia are investigating a tip that members of a radical group may pose a threat to officers following the ambush of a patrolman in his cruiser last week. 

The police department says someone approached an officer on the street and alleged that the man who attacked Officer Jesse Hartnett "had an affiliation to a group with radical beliefs.'' 

Officers are working with the FBI to investigate the credibility of the information.

They have alerted all department personnel. 

Authorities said earlier a man tried to grab the gun of an officer working a detail at the hospital where Hartnett is recovering, but they believe that incident is unrelated to the ambush shooting.  

A suspect in Hartnett's shooting has been charged with attempted murder.  
 

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