Multiple shots were fired at a patrol car driven by a Chattanooga Police officer in Alton Park late Saturday night, according to an internal police communication.
Officer James Klien’s vehicle was shot as he drove through the 4100 block of Fagan Street. Officer Klien was not hit, but his vehicle was shot at.
On Sunday morning, day shift officers went to the area and located several 7.62 shell casings in the yard of 4009 Fagan St., apartment B. Those rounds, strong enough to stop the engine, would likely have been fired from an assault-type weapon.
Officers were advised, "Please be careful."
Police said on Saturday at 11:38 p.m., police were called to 4217 Fagan St. on a disorder. Officer Klien was traveling south on Fagan Street at the 4100 block when he heard shots being fired and rounds hitting his car. Officer Klien heard approximately five to six shots fired. He did not see anyone in the area, according to the internal report not released to the public.
His car, #PL1229, then began to sputter and he pulled off of Fagan Street onto the 300 block of Workman Road. Upon inspecting the vehicle it was found that one round had hit on the hood of the car. A second round had hit the rear bumper and traveled through it piercing the gas tank. The vehicle was then towed by the city wrecker to the service center.
Police said, "There is no suspect information at this time."
A shift supervisor was notified and arrived. The fire department responded to clean up the gas spill. Some crime suppression units arrived to also search for a suspect and assist. Major Crimes and Crime Scene were not notified since the officer was uninjured and there was nothing to process.
The incident came after another patrol officer was shot multiple times six days ago when responding to a reported disorder at East Lake Courts.
There were three "targeted" shootings in Chattanooga in which three different individuals were hit on Thursday night, then three more people shot on Saturday night.