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According to the King County Sheriff's Office, a K-9 Deputy driving near Kent last night was "startled" when vandals threw a sizeable rock at his

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PHOTOS: Vandals Smash Deputy's Windshield with a Rock as He Drives

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According to the King County Sheriff's Office, a K-9 Deputy driving near Kent last night was "startled" when vandals threw a sizeable rock at his cruiser - which bounced off the hood and smashed the windshield in front of him.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. last night. Luckily, the driving officer wasn't hurt - just surprised, and ultimately covered in glass. Police also report finding several "staged" rocks (pictured below) on the side of the road - apparently ready to throw.

According to police, during a similar incident, involving a citizen rather than a cop, Kent Police received reports of three juveniles running from the area. There's been no official word as to whether to two occurrences are related, however.

Here are some photos of the damage, followed by the official press release, all courtesy of the King County Sheriff's Office:

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And here's the official press release:

PRESS RELEASE

Kent, WA - a King County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy was startled last night when a large rock smashed onto his windshield as he was driving his patrol car near Kent.

The incident occurred around 10:20 PM last night in the 13800 block of SE272. The rock struck the hood of the police car and then smashed the driver's side of the windshield.

The deputy was sprayed with glass but was not injured. "We are thankful that our deputy was not hurt in this case," said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan. "This kind of vandalism poses a serious risk to drivers and could have ended with a serious injury."

Deputies took photos of other rocks that appeared to be "staged" on the side of the road to throw. No suspects were seen in this case. Kent Police Officials said that a similar incident had occurred to a citizen in the area and the victim saw three juveniles run from the scene. (Kent Case # 12-6927)

If you have information related to this crime please call the King County Sheriff's Office at (206) 296-3311. Or the Kent Police Department at (253) 852-2121

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