Two police departments are searching for the vandal who heavily damaged a Duluth police officer's patrol car earlier in December.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Duluth cop’s patrol car vandalized at his Johns Creek apartment

A Duluth police officer woke up at his Johns Creek apartment Dec. 15 to find his patrol car vandalized — four slashed tires, broken windows and a threatening note left behind.

Now Duluth and Johns Creek police are trying to figure out who damaged his car and if this was a personal attack or one on law enforcement as a whole, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“We don’t know if it was to target just law enforcement, or if it was a target on a specific agency or a target on a specific officer,” Johns Creek Lt. Chris Byers told Channel 2.

The vandalism occurred overnight at the Avonlea on the River Apartments off State Bridge Road, which is where the officer and his family live, the news station reported. The apartment complex is gated with a fence surrounding the property. 

Pictures taken by police show all the tires slashed, heavy damage to both the windshield and driver’s-side window and a note left behind that the officer said was likely threatening his daughter, Channel 2 reported.


A piece of notebook paper was left on the driver’s seat, which said “smile” in red ink on the front and “little girl” in black ink on the back, according to a Johns Creek police incident report obtained by the news station.

Duluth police has begun repairing the damaged car. 

An investigation is ongoing.

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