Apr 29, 2014 8:55 PM
The Shasta County DA’s Office was on the other side of the law today -- it was vandalized this morning around 3 a.m. -- and set on fire.
“We've had threats in the past...I wouldn't say it's usual...but it's not out of the normal.”
But it's the first time the DA’s Office has had to deal with this: a burned, vandalized and flooded office, after someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of the building's "Crime Victim's Assistance Center".
“Essentially it's a container filled with a flammable liquid such as gasoline...and then ignites via wick and then tossed...the intent is for the glass to break, thereby releasing the gas in the container, spreading fire.”
The sprinkler system in the office put out the fire before firefighters arrived, but legal paperwork and victims' files were damaged.
“This I guarantee you will not stop them from doing their job -- so if that's what the person was thinking, they've made a big mistake.”
It's no secret a DA’s job is to prosecute criminals who often feel their sentence is unfair; making enemies just comes with the territory.
“They know they have a job to do, they know some people will dislike them for what they're doing...but they strongly believe in what they're doing.”
The Redding Fire Department is now leading the investigation, and they're treating the incident as an arson case.
The lead investigator tells me his team is currently looking at nearby surveillance video and knocking on neighbors' doors for any possible leads.
“We collected evidence we'll be able to submit to the labs...hopefully that'll determine the profile of the responsible people.”
I asked Lowery what his office plans to do in order to avoid another attack -- he was pretty tight-lipped with his response.
“We are looking at additional security features for the building, and I’m not gonna talk about those here because they are security features...”
Redding Fire's lead investigator is asking anyone who may have seen what happened this morning to call their main line at (530) 225-4141.