A San Jose, CA, police officer's personal vehicle was struck by gunfire on northbound U.S. Highway 101 on Tuesday afternoon as he was driving to work. The vehicle was hit but the officer was not injured.
“Very thankful our officer was not injured, he could have obviously been seriously injured or killed, so just extremely thankful for him and his family,” said Sean Pritchard, president of the San Jose Police Officers Association.
“With the rise in ambushes on law enforcement officers, (that) obviously enters our minds right away, it's unclear at this time if this officer was targeted,” said Pritchard.
The officer told the California Highway Patrol he didn’t see a gun but did hear a pop and described the suspect vehicle as a white hatchback with no license plates that was being driven by a man, NBC Bay Area reports.
A few months ago, a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy reported getting shot at as he was driving on southbound State Route 85, just a few miles from Tuesday's incident.
Police say these types of freeway shootings and other deadly incidents have been plaguing the Bay Area for the past three years.