12/12/2011

Predator drone helps make cattle rustling arrest in ND

As the unmanned aircraft circled, sophisticated sensors under the nose helped pinpoint 3 suspects and showed they were unarmed

By Brian Bennett
Spokesman Review

WASHINGTON — Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said.

Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three other counties.

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