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  • Gunfire strikes L.A. police helicopter in fuel tank; suspect arrested

    April 24, 2011, 9:30 a.m.

    A Los Angeles police helicopter was struck by gunfire Sunday. Shots hit the fuel tank, causing fuel to leak and the helicopter to make an emergency landing.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries to officers on board the copter, which had been on an early-morning flight in the San Fernando Valley. At least one suspect, a 20-year-old man, has been arrested in the incident, which occurred at about 6 a.m. near Saticoy Street and Densmore Avenue.

    Detectives believe the suspect also shot at officers on the ground using a rifle.

    Police sources say they believe the suspect intentionally fired on the chopper. Officials were trying to determine whether other people on the ground also were involved.

    A short time after the shots were fired, the helicopter landed at Van Nuys Airport, police said.

    -- LA Times
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

  • #2
    Say hello to federal pound-me-in-the-*** prison. Excellent job by the flight crew getting down safely.
    Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

    I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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    • #3
      LAPD helicopter may have been fired on twice, police sources say

      The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating reports that a police helicopter struck by gunfire Sunday morning was fired on by more than one group of suspects.

      Police sources told The Times that a short time after the first shots hit the helicopter it appears more shots were fired, apparently from a different location.

      The first round of shots hit the fuel tank, causing fuel to leak and the helicopter to make an emergency landing.

      "This situation could have easily turned tragic and we were just fortunate that the aircraft was able to land safely without injury to the officers or the public," Asst. Chief Earl Paysinger said. "It's ironic that it happened on Easter Sunday. Someone divine was watching over us."

      There were no immediate reports of injuries to officers aboard the copter, which had been on an early morning flight in the San Fernando Valley. At least one suspect, a 20-year-old man, has been arrested in the incident, which occurred at about 6 a.m. near Saticoy Street and Densmore Avenue.

      Detectives believe the suspect also shot at officers on the ground using a rifle.

      -- LA Times, 10:45 am
      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        Wow! So glad they landed safely, and I'm glad the pinhead's in custody.
        "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

        Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

        Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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        • #5
          Someone posted about an emerging war against police lately. I kinda laughed it off and attributed the comment to the news looking for a sensationalist story line. But with this incident I'm starting to think otherwise now.....just a little. There have been a big rise in officer involved shootings lately, now this.

          Be safe guys!
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          You are without doubt a void surrounded by a sphincter muscle.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ateamer View Post
            Say hello to federal pound-me-in-the-*** prison. Excellent job by the flight crew getting down safely.
            This happens a couple of times a year in LA County......rarely (if ever) is it prosecuted at the federal level here.
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            • #7
              This looks like a coordinated attack (conspiracy), so it probably will at least prompt a federal investigation.
              Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
              Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DAL View Post
                This looks like a coordinated attack (conspiracy), so it probably will at least prompt a federal investigation.
                Maybe.....could also be like the last time someone shot up one of our birds a few months ago over Compton (or Century....dont remember exactly where).....simple target of opportunity.

                Good to know that it could go federal though.....esp. if the DA tries to go for ADW diversion or something like that! (yes....that was meant with more than a touch of sarcasm for the literal minded)
                The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

                "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

                "We fight not for glory; nor for wealth; nor honor, but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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                • #9
                  Second helicopter sniper suspect may be holed up in San Fernando Valley building

                  April 24, 2011 | 1:32 pm

                  Officers have fired tear gas into an apartment building where they believe a second shooter may be holed up after shots were fired at a police helicopter Sunday morning.

                  The events began when police received a call of shots fired about 6 a.m. near Densmore Avenue and Saticoy Street in Van Nuys, said LAPD spokesman Sgt. Gus Villanueva. A helicopter responded along with patrol units, and the suspect began shooting at the aircraft, which was forced to make an emergency landing at Van Nuys Airport, Villanueva said.

                  The suspected gunman was subdued by members of his family, who tackled him, according to Villanueva, who said a rifle was recovered at the scene.

                  A second suspected gunman was believed to be in a nearby apartment building, where a SWAT team began firing tear gas at about 12:25 p.m.

                  [Updated, 1:25 p.m.: Several apartment buildings were evacuated, and some residents were waiting in a nearby school auditorium. Portions of Densmore and Saticoy could remain closed for several hours as authorities work to apprehend the suspect. It was not known if the two suspects knew each other.

                  "Anyone that resides in the area, we suggest they stay out," Villanueva said.

                  Resident Irene Garcia, 43, was sleeping when she awoke to the sound of gunfire. She and her family had planned to attend church and then celebrate the Easter holiday at her sister's home. Instead, Garcia had to evacuate her apartment building along with her husband, daughter and 20-month-old grandson.

                  "We're waiting to see if we can go back to get his Easter basket and clothes," Garcia said as she stood outside in the chilly air.]

                  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...-building.html

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                  Last edited by DAL; 04-24-2011, 05:00 PM. Reason: add photo
                  Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                  Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                  • #10
                    Time for all LE flight crews to start sitting on their vests!
                    Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

                    [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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                    • #11
                      Time for armored helicopters!
                      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                      • #12
                        Either that or show up in a blackhawk with a 50 caliber!
                        This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                        • #13
                          Air 24 patrolling in a Cobra attack helo.....oh yeah!
                          sigpic
                          Originally posted by Smurfette
                          Lord have mercy. You're about as slick as the business side of duct tape.
                          Originally posted by DAL
                          You are without doubt a void surrounded by a sphincter muscle.

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                          • #14
                            It would take just one incident.....and no more pot shots at the helo.
                            This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                            • #15
                              Helicopter sniping incident ends; no second suspect found

                              April 24, 2011 | 3:07 pm


                              Police found no second armed man at the site of a sniping incident Sunday that damaged an LAPD helicopter, forcing it to land at Van Nuys Airport.

                              At least one suspect, a 20-year-old man, has been arrested in the incident, which occurred about 6 a.m. near Saticoy Street and Densmore Avenue.

                              The suspicion that a second armed man may have been involved came after police had arrested the first suspect, who had been firing shots randomly and then directed his gunfire at a responding helicopter. Residents reported a second armed man in a nearby building.

                              The original shooter was subdued by his family and taken into custody by police.

                              The earlier shots hit the fuel tank, causing fuel to leak and the helicopter to make an emergency landing.

                              "This situation could have easily turned tragic, and we were just fortunate that the aircraft was able to land safely without injury to the officers or the public," Asst. Chief Earl Paysinger said. "It's ironic that it happened on Easter Sunday. Someone divine was watching over us."

                              There were no immediate reports of injuries to officers aboard the copter.

                              At least one apartment building was evacuated, and some residents were waiting in a nearby school auditorium. Portions of Densmore and Saticoy could remain closed for several hours as authorities work to apprehend the second suspect. It was not known if the two suspects knew each other.

                              "Anyone that resides in the area, we suggest they stay out," said Det. Sgt. Gus Villanueva, an LAPD spokesman.

                              Resident Irene Garcia, 43, was sleeping when she awoke to the sound of gunfire. She and her family had planned to attend church and then celebrate Easter at her sister's home. Instead, Garcia had to evacuate her apartment building along with her husband, daughter and 20-month-old grandson.

                              "We're waiting to see if we can go back to get his Easter basket and clothes," Garcia said as she stood outside in the chilly air.

                              The incident ended about 2:45 p.m., and residents were allowed back into the area.
                              http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...ect-found.html

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