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33-year-old man arrested for discharging a laser at a sheriff’s helicopter

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — James Trujillo, 33, was arrested after he allegedly pointed a laser at a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation helicopter, officials said.

It happened at about 11:30 pm, on June 6, 2018, when 40King3 was on a patrol flight over the city of Hesperia.

“While on patrol the crew was struck multiple times by a green laser. The crew, using their FLIR camera, was able to locate the subject under the Roy Rogers bridge, along the I15 freeway,” stated a news release.

Victorville deputies responded to the area and detained James Trujillo. During the investigation, deputies were able to recover the laser Trujillo used to point at the aircraft. Trujillo was arrested for a violation of PC247.5 Discharge Laser at Aircraft, a felony and was booked at the High Desert Detention Center.

“The highway patrol also received multiple calls from motorists who were driving on the freeway of a subject pointing a green laser at oncoming vehicles.” stated the release.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public that pointing any kind of laser at an aircraft, while in motion/flight can seriously hinder the pilot’s ability to control the aircraft safely. It is also a Felony and a Federal Offense.

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