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Daytona Beach police car set on fire

Posted at 6:57 AM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 14:24:27-04

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Daytona Beach police cruiser was set on fire and a note referencing the Black Lives Matter movement was found nearby.

According to a statement from Daytona Beach Police, dispatch received a call of a vehicle fire at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Responding officers found a marked Daytona Beach police car fully engulfed in flames in front of the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach.

The car was being used as a "ghost car" to deter crime in the area.

Fire crews responded and put the fire out. No one was injured.

Investigators found a note that said "Black Lives Matter. A. Sterling P. Castile. (Expletive) the police." It's unclear exactly where the note was found.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood says the car was likely firebombed with a Molotov cocktail.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the incident.

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