04/02/2007

Bomb left under Calif. officer's squad car at home

By Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Someone left a bomb under a police car parked outside a Santa Cruz officer's home early Saturday morning, a crime that has shocked and puzzled police and federal agents.

The unidentified officer found the explosive device at about 8 a.m. underneath the black-and-white Santa Cruz patrol car parked in the officer's driveway, said police spokesman Zach Friend.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's bomb squad dismantled the bomb, which had been lit but did not detonate, Friend said.

It was not clear whether the officer had been specifically targeted or the assailant simply targeted the car.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI have joined Santa Cruz police in the investigation.

"I want to emphasize that this is a very personal and direct attack," Friend said.

"This occurred at the officer's home under a marked vehicle. It's one thing if it happens on a street or out in a public area. It crosses a completely different threshold and a completely different line."

The officer, a 10-year veteran permitted to take a patrol car home, parked the vehicle at about 3 a.m. Saturday after returning home from work, Friend said.

None of the department's 85 employees has reported being threatened, Friend said.

Officers are being asked if they have arrested anyone who might hold a personal grudge, he said.

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