Deputy's patrol car hit in drive-by shooting

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KENT, Wash. —

Investigators examined bullet holes in the back of a King County deputy's patrol car that was hit in a drive-by shooting in Kent.

The car was parked in the driveway of the deputy’s home in the 26600 block of Lake Fenwick Road South in Kent when the shots were fired at 3:50 a.m.

Police said someone drove up and fired four shots, hitting the cruiser at least twice and the deputy's house once. A black car in the open garage had its back windshield shot out, according to an officer at the scene.

Kent police wrapped up their investigation after almost eight hours.  They said the marked cruiser was targeted.

Neighbor Amy Wyatt said she thought she was dreaming when she heard three gunshots.

Investigators searched for shell casings and talked to neighbors like Keith Dewey, who has met the deputy before.

"He seemed like a pretty nice guy," said Dewey.

KIRO 7 asked police if the deputy was the one targeted.

"At this point, we don't know. We believe it's a single event," said Kent police Commander Jarod Kasner.

All deputies are allowed to take their marked units home to allow them to quickly respond to calls, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

"Unfortunately, they do have "police" painted on the side, so at times they do become targets," said Kasner.

Neighbors said there have been home burglaries and car break-ins recently, but the shooting is still surprising.

"I'm glad that everyone's OK,” said Wyatt. “That's kind of scary. This is not the kind of neighborhood that you think that that kind of thing is going to happen."

No one was hurt in the incident.

There is no information about a suspect at this time.

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