GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids officers are concerned the shooter who hit a police cruiser Wednesday morning may have been targeting police.
“This is outrageous for us. We want to get to the bottom of this. If the Grand Rapids Police Department is being targeted, we’re going to do our jobs and we’re going to find who did this,” Sgt. Terry Dixon said.
Police told 24 Hour News 8 that two officers were inside the 24-hour Grand Coney diner on Michigan Street and Eastern Avenue NE on a lunch break. When they came outside around 3:40 a.m., they discovered a bullet hole in the rear passenger side window.
“There was just one bullet that was fired. It entered through the passenger side, rear of the SUV through the glass and then it eventually lodged into the rear hatch, close to the rear hatch, of the vehicle itself,” said Sgt. Terry Dixon with the Grand Rapids Police Department.
There were a few people inside of the restaurant when the shooting happened, but no one heard gunshots and there were no injuries.
“We got no calls from the area neighbors on shots fired. No one from inside the restaurant heard sounds of a gunshot so we’re not sure as to what time exactly that gunshot was,” said Dixon.
The LaGrave Avenue fire station in Grand Rapids was also damaged by gunfire three weeks ago. However, authorities do not believe the two incidents are connected because they say the shooting at the fire station was random.
“That was a few weeks removed. [We] kind of believe that incident resulted [from].. something else, different entirely, where the fire department wasn’t targeted. There was something else going on at that scene,” Dixon said.
In Wednesday’s case, officers fear they may have been targeted.
“I have to tell you that this is an alarming thing for us. Really, it’s very alarming. We don’t take things like this lightly,” said Dixon. “We’re living in a different era, an era where in other states, there have been crimes targeted at police. Unfortunately in some states, there have been incidents where police officers have been victimized, so we definitely have to be concerned about something like this. And who knows, the officers could have been inside the vehicle at the time and this could be a very different day.”
Dixon said when they find the person responsible, they could face a number of charges, ranging from reckless discharge of a firearm to attempted murder.
“It all depends on how and where the evidence takes us… it all depends on the motive,” said Dixon. “So we really are trying to figure out, gather as much information, so we can bring an appropriate charge [against] whoever did this.”
The restaurant was shut down for about an hour as officers searched the area.
The cruiser’s window was damaged along with vehicle trim near the rear hatch where the bullet had lodged.
Police don’t have any suspects in custody at this time, but they are determined to find the person behind the shooting.
“This is outrageous for us. We want to get to the bottom of this. If the Grand Rapids Police Department is being targeted, we’re going to do our jobs and we’re going to find who did this,” said Dixon.
Anyone with information is asked to call Grand Rapids Police or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.