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Kids Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter Get Caught Using Thermographic Camera

Teenagers who pointed a laser gun at a police helicopter in Canada got more than they bargained for when the tactical response team arrived.


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A group of Canadian teenagers pointed a pellet gun with a laser scope at a police helicopter in Ontario. Around 1:30 am on August 16th, 2015 the York Regional Police’s Air Support helicopter, Air2, spotted three individuals congregating around a vehicle in a suburban area using night vision goggles.

The helicopter was in the area responding to an unrelated weapons call. It was then hit with an unexpected bright light. The helicopter circled over the source area and the three men were spotted, one of the three was seen holding what looked like a handgun with a laser pointer on it. The helicopter alerted ground forces to the suspect's location and officers with the Canine Unit and Emergency Response Unit arrived at the scene. As the police approached the suspect with the gun tried to make an escape by jumping over a fence and and running away through a low wooded area. Officers retrieved the discarded weapon and found it to be a pellet gun with a laser scope.

The York police commented on the event saying, “For a pilot in control of an aircraft flying over populated areas, the consequences can be serious. Those who aim these pointers at aircraft are putting lives in danger, not only in the aircraft but on the ground. There is a serious potential for harm to the pilot and the prospect of a crash.”

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