Atlanta Police Officer's New Home Firebombed, Union Calls It Targeted Attack
Atlanta, GA – The brand-new home of an Atlanta police officer was firebombed in southwest Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Police said an unknown person threw a big rock through her window first, and then followed that with a Molotov cocktail, WSB reported.
The fire left most of the officer’s kitchen scorched or burned, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The female police officer who just bought the home had not yet moved in, but the Atlanta Police Union thinks she was targeted because of what she does for a living.
“It’s a very tragic situation,” union spokesman and retired Atlanta Police Detective Ken Allen told WSB. “You're at an emotional time, going through making the purchase of your home, getting ready to move in to be a part of it, and the next thing you know, you've got people in that neighborhood that are torching you because of what you do for a living.”
The fire did considerable damage and firefighters had to break down a door to gain entry and extinguish the flames.
“They firebombed her home. It was thrown through the kitchen window, a Molotov cocktail-style arson attack,” Allen told WSB.
Police and media withheld the officer’s name and the home’s location for safety reasons and to protect the officer’s privacy but said that it was located in the officer’s jurisdiction in southwest Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Atlanta Fire Department is investigating the incident as an arson, WSB reported.
Atlanta police are also investigating and said that, thus far, they have no motive in the attack.
The police union was organizing a fundraiser to help the officer recover, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.