Like many of us, NCIS star Pauley Perrette was glued to the television, watching the action unfold minute-by-minute as police launched a major manhunt to track down ex-LAPD and accused killer Chris Dorner, who is now believed to be dead after a standoff with police Tuesday afternoon in Big Bear, CA.
"Like other people, I've been obsessively glued to the television, and I felt like I was in the middle of an NCIS episode," Pauley tells ET's Brooke Anderson. "That's what made it so surreal – this was actually happening. I must've said to my fiancé 10 times yesterday, 'This is movie stuff.'"
The manhunt made national news and prompted other celebrities to weigh in, such as Martina McBride, who tweeted, "They need to get Gibbs, Tony, Ziva, and McGee on this Dorner situation. #NCIS"
"Everything about it was heartbreaking," says Pauley, adding, "It was really scary. When we went to the Grammys on Sunday we had literally hundreds of police officers around, because there was a lot of celebrities and people that were at the Grammys who were named in [Dorner's] manifesto, so the presence of the police was everywhere. And I went up to every single one of them and gave every single one of them a hug and shook their hand and said thank you – they all had black bands on their badges because of the loss within [their ranks]."
Reflecting on the incredible events that have transpired, she concludes, "What a harrowing week, and here we are now, we still don't know what happened."
NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS.