Calling it an act of domestic terrorism, Hemet police are on high alert after a booby trap targeting members of the gang task force went off, narrowly missing an officer as he left his car to open a gate.
The is the second time in recent months that members of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force have been targeted.
In Tuesday's incident, an officer was stepping out of his car to open a security gate at the task force headquarters when there was a loud crack and a bullet flew by just a few feet from him, landing 100 yards away in a nearby driveway.
"It was an improvised device capable of firing a regular bullet, and it was attached in such a way so that when the gate was opened, it activated and fired. Fortunately it narrowly missed," said Hemet Police Lt. Duane Wisehart. "The gun was affixed to a fence and hard to see. It could have definitely killed someone. This is domestic terrorism."
The officers were patrolling the bay when they spotted the dog. They quickly pulled him from the freezing water, wrapped him in a blanket and brought him to a local veterinarian.