SELMA, AL (WSFA) - The video clip is short but very disturbing.
"From a criminal standpoint, we have more than good reason to believe this was not a joke," explained Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier. "It speaks for itself."
The video shows someone in the backseat of a car slowly raising a Glock pistol and aiming it toward a Selma police officer as he sat unaware in his patrol car. The video was filmed during Thursday's evening shift while both vehicles were stopped at a traffic light.
'If our officers are going to be targeted or their lives put on the line and not expect the full force of the Selma Police Department," Collier stated, "if someone out there believes that, I can tell you they are incredibly wrong."
The chief declined to say how investigators obtained the video. It's silent; no voices, no faces, no witnesses, at least not yet. There's still no word just what charges might be coming if they catch the suspect.
The chief said there is no doubt this person was trying to send a message of intimidation.
"We have made a lot of arrests this year and this has disrupted a few," he said.
The veteran officer in the patrol car was on routine patrol and clearly had no idea what was happening. Collier said once he was informed what took place, he was shakened.
"You can imagine a disturbed officer," Collier explained.
Today, there is a promise from the chief and a search for the identify behind the gun.
"We are fully committed to throwing the resources necessary to find out who this person is," Collier said, adding he has already requested assistance in the investigation from the Alabama Fusion Center.
Collier is also encouraging anyone with any information to call Selma police.