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Disturbing incident leaves Caroline Sheriff’s Office concerned for safety

Posted at 1:06 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 13:08:09-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. — The Caroline Sheriff’s Office is looking for information into who fired gunshots at an empty patrol car early Thursday morning. A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said deputies were operating under a “heightened sense of concern for safety” following the “disturbing incident.”

“It’s a very upsetting day for local law enforcement. That someone would show such a lack of respect for the law is disturbing. Having spent most of my adult life as a law officer here, it’s disheartening that this would happen in Caroline County,” Sheriff Tony Lippa said.

Investigators believe the car was shot between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. It was parked at the former Frog Level Rescue Squad building near in southern Caroline.

“This reckless action takes a patrol car out of service – reducing our capacity to protect and serve the community,” Sheriff Lippa said. “Additionally, the taxpayers of Caroline County will now have the unnecessary expense of repairing and returning this vehicle to service.”

Anyone with any information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.