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April 24, 2011
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Report: LAPD helicopter struck by gunfire

Forced to make emergency landing after fuel tank struck

By PoliceOne Staff

LOS ANGELES - A man opened fire on a LAPD helicopter early Sunday morning, hitting it and forcing an emergency landing.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the first round of shots hit the fuel tank, causing fuel to leak and the helicopter to land at Van Nuys Airport. The two officers on board were not injured.

The helicopter was responding to reports of a man with a automatic assault rifle. As it reached the scene, the suspect apparently turned his rifle on the helicopter.

Several sources report an arrest has been made, and the suspect is a Hispanic man around 20 years old. According to KTLA 5, police said the man may have been distraught over the death of a friend.



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