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As you may now know, a man has been charged after a drone collided with a police helicopter in Los Angeles. DroneDJ has the inside story, including the original sworn complaint by an FBI agent.
Details first broke yesterday in a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California. It stated that “Special agents with the FBI this morning arrested a Hollywood man on a federal charge alleging that he recklessly operated a drone that crashed into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter.” It further outlined that the arrest was made in connection with an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of September 18.
DroneDJ is now able to shed more light on what happened.
Early in the morning of September 18, LAPD were on the scene of a pharmacy in Hollywood to attend to a burglary call. The officers requested air support, and an LAPD helicopter was dispatched to the scene.
As that helicopter approached, it collided with a drone. The chopper was damaged and had to land; the drone fell to the ground and punched through a car’s rear windshield.
Precisely two months later, on November 18, a criminal complaint was filed.
That complaint includes a sworn statement by William Richau, Special Agent FBI. The complaint lays out that Richau has some expertise in this field:
I am a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and have been so employed since 2006. Since 2016, I have been assigned …
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