Investigation is continuing into a report that a single gunshot damaged a police car Friday evening after the V.I. Police Department’s Forensics Team concluded that the damage to the vehicle was not caused by a bullet.
With no damage to the vehicle by a bullet hole and no casings found in the area, it was determined that a blunt object caused the damage, the department reported Tuesday morning.
On Sunday the department had reported that at 11:56 p.m. Friday a single shot had been fired upon a VIPD patrol vehicle driven by Officer Kendelth Wharton.
In his incident report, Wharton said he heard a single shot fired while driving on Veterans Drive, in the area of the V.I. Water and Power Authority pump-house. The reported shot shattered the vehicle’s front passenger side window. Wharton continued driving and notified dispatch of the situation.
Several units conducted a search of Beltjen Road and the surrounding areas without finding any bullet casings or any other related evidence.
Tuesday, police spokesman Kevin Jackson said further investigation failed to find any evidence of a gunshot causing the damage.
"It’s not a bullet," Jackson said. "No bullet or casing was found."
Instead the damage appeared to have been caused by a blunt force, possibly a rock.