Dating officer police site
"We will see where the investigation leads us," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who is in his first week on the job.
Meanwhile, police praised the bravery of the wounded officer, Jesse Hartnett, who was shot three times in an arm but still managed to pursue and wound Archer as he fled the scene of the shooting at 60th and Spruce Streets.
He had lifelong ties to Philadelphia, a former lawyer, Doug Dolfman, wrote in court papers, and had attended Cheyney University and worked in the city as a security guard. In recent years, Archer was arrested in Delaware County and in Philadelphia. In January 2012, Archer threatened another man with a gun at a house on Alden Street, near 57th Street and Spruce, in West Philadelphia.
Holliday said her son had suffered head injuries from playing football and a moped accident. Sometime after that incident, Archer traveled to Egypt.
"This guy tried to execute the police officer," the commissioner said in a predawn briefing on the shooting.
At a news conference Friday afternoon, he said of the officer: "The bravery he demonstrated was absolutely remarkable." Local and national officials condemned the attack.
He was already out on bail, and was immediately paroled.
Archer is awaiting sentencing in a 2014 case in Delaware County, where he was charged with forging documents, careless driving, driving with a suspended license, and other offenses.
It was extraordinary, Ross said, that Hartnett had survived."He doesn't appear to be a stupid individual, just an extremely violent one," Ross said. FBI agents left with a cardboard box and several evidence bags.Reached at her home in Yeadon, Archer's mother, Valerie Holliday, said he was the eldest of seven children. A relative said Holliday had left the home with police.He was found guilty in November and was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, according to court records.Hartnett's family learned around midnight that he had been wounded.