- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Police in the southern Nevada city of Henderson issued a public plea for information Wednesday to find whoever fired at least six bullets into the windshield of a patrol car parked outside a closed animal control office during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

No one was in the vehicle, and no one was hurt, police spokeswoman Michelle French said. No one reported hearing shots before the vandalism was discovered July 5, she said.

The incident happened days before high-profile shootings last week involving police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, near St. Paul, Minnesota and in Dallas.

But Henderson police Chief Patrick Moers acknowledged tension involving police and communities.

“In today’s climate, we take these incidents seriously as officer safety is of utmost importance,” Moers said in a statement. “We ask our community members to continue to work with us and to be our eyes and ears on the street. If you see something, say something.”

The office was closed during the holiday weekend, and there was no video surveillance of the area where the car was parked near a temporary office trailer, French said.

Henderson is a suburban city of about 280,000 people southeast of Las Vegas. The site of the shooting is in an industrial area off Galleria Drive east of the U.S. 95 freeway and busy Boulder Highway.

Investigators think the shooting happened overnight July 4 to July 5, French said.


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