A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crew trips a segment of power lines in Santa Rosa, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, that will make it easier to restore power. The power was shut off by PG&E due to the high fire danger. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
The worker’s front passenger seat window was reportedly shot at by a projectile. The employee was not injured in the incident and the projectile was believed to be fired by a pellet gun.
PG&E President and CEO Bill Johnson called the incident a “deliberate attack” and called on communities to stop such acts of “violence,” according to SFGate.
“Let me say this directly: There is no justification for this sort of violence,” Johnson said during a Wednesday evening press conference. “Whenever you see any of our crews anywhere in your community, they’re there to help. They’re specifically to help you.
“They’re not anonymous strangers; they’re your neighbors. They’re your friends. Most of our front line employees live in the communities where they work.
“I understand these shut-offs can make people upset, even angry,” Johnson added, “but be upset at PG&E and don’t take it out on the people who are trying to help.”
The incident will continue to be looked into by law enforcement and PG&E’s own security team, Johnson said.
The alleged attack Wednesday is the second time that a PG&E employee was targeted while out in the public amid the company’s mass shut-offs of electricity in over a dozen California counties.
Another worker was also reportedly shot at during the Oct. 9 outages while traveling in a utility truck. A vehicle pulled up next to the PG&E truck and shattered the employee’s passenger side window with a bullet, SFGate reports. The driver was not injured.
The forced outages are an attempt to help prevent catastrophic wildfires sparked by downed or damaged electrical equipment.
A Northern California PG&E office was also egged during the outages earlier this month, and extra safety precautions were taken at the company’ headquarters in San Francisco, with a barrier set up for “the safety of [PG&E] employees.”