SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.COM) — Shots from what was believed to be a pellet gun were fired at a San Bernardino police patrol car early Friday morning, officials said.
The incident took place just after 12 a.m. in the 2300 block of West Rialto Avenue.
An officer on patrol heard a shot fired before his right window shattered, authorities said.
“There’s no difference to us in the caliber of weapon. There’s no difference between a pellet gun that shoots at 500 feet per second or 700 feet per second than a 22-caliber handgun or a rifle,” Chief Robert Handy said. “Shots were fired at basically what would be the officer’s chest and head. It could have very easily taken his life.”
The officer wasn’t struck, but suffered minor injuries from shattered glass.
“Officers responded in force and did an extensive search, which at this point in time, has not led to any suspect,” Sgt. Gary Robertson of the San Bernardino Police Department said.
K-9 units were also called to the scene.
No other details were immediately available.