Suspect ‘tried to execute’ police officer in Philly ambush

Suspect ‘tried to execute’ police officer in Philly ambush

A Philadelphia police officer was shot multiple times by a man who “tried to execute” him during an ambush in West Philadelphia late Thursday night, police said.

The shooting happened at the intersection of Spruce and 60th Streets around 11:45 p.m.

“This is absolutely one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen,” new Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said of video that captured the incident.

Ross said 33-year-old Officer Jesse Hartnett was driving through the intersection of 60th and Spruce Streets in West Philadelphia when the suspect walked up to the police cruiser and opened fire.

During the shooting, the suspect walked closer and closer to the police car to the point that he was actually firing from inside the car’s driver’s side window, according to Ross. The suspect fired at least 13 times, emptying the 9mm handgun he was shooting, Ross said.

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