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February 26, 2010

Gun rigged to kill Calif. gang detectives

The bizarre booby trap is the second attack in 2 months on this task force

By John Asbury

HEMET, Calif. — For the second time in recent months, Hemet gang detectives have been targeted in an assassination attempt, this time through a gun rigged to fire at officers as they arrived at work.

A member of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force stepped out of his car to open a rolling security gate at the task force office Tuesday afternoon when a bullet whizzed past within a few feet of him, Hemet police Lt. Duane Wisehart said. No one was injured.

Expert Perspective

Following the recent report of California officers being target by booby traps, here are 7 things to keep in mind that can help protect you from falling prey to hidden traps.

1. Look up. Don’t just focus on what’s in front of you and behind you.

2. Look down. During a search, remember to stay alert to what’s at ground level.

3. Look under.

4. Be careful of lights and switches. When searching a house, remember that suspects have been know to rig lights with shotgun shells and other explosives designed to discharge once a light switch is thrown and a charge runs through the light.

5. Don’t inhale. If you find an unknown (or even a labeled, supposedly recognizable) substance in a container resist the temptation to sniff it, which for some can be a habitual action.

6. Don’t ignore odors. If you’re in a house or building and you smell any kind of suspicious odor (that includes obvious odors like natural gas as well as any odor that you can’t readily identify) don’t ignore it.

7. Remember that people can be “booby trapped”, too. When searching suspects, take appropriate safety measures to protect yourself from sharp objects in pockets as well as rigged in other areas, like the inner rims of baseball caps and inside waistbands, which suspects have been known to lace with razor blades.

Read more: Helpful hints for protecting yourself from 'booby traps'

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