GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Surveillance video obtained by 24 Hour News 8 from a nearby business shows how officers with the Grand Rapids Police Department discovered their vehicle had been hit by gunfire.
According to authorities, the incident happened Wednesday morning when two officers were inside of the Grand Coney diner on Michigan Street and Eastern Avenue NE on a lunch break. Police said there was one bullet that was fired and it entered through the rear passenger side window of the SUV and was lodged into the rear hatch of the vehicle.
In the surveillance video, officers pull into the restaurant parking lot just before 3 a.m., and about 40 minutes later, the officers start to leave the parking lot, but first take a look around. Then less than five minutes later the officers return and start investigating.
Authorities said the officers did not notice the bullet hole until they began driving, and then returned to the restaurant.
The police department fears someone might have targeted their cruiser.
“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,” Sgt. Terry Dixon told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday afternoon.
The video shows police searched the area for a few more hours to gather evidence.
Authorities said they are now reviewing a number of cameras in the area to try to track down the person responsible for the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.