Michigan man dies after shooting laser at police helicopter in Detroit


Michigan State Police on Tuesday shot dead a man who aimed a laser and fired a rifle at a police helicopter.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. as the helicopter circled north of downtown Detroit, according to police.

The 33-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was in the abandoned house at the time of the shooting.

Two state police officers shot dead the suspect, who had recently moved into the home, a neighbor said moments later.

In the video, the man emerged from the second floor window and aimed a green laser at the plane.

“We have someone hit us with a green laser at the back of the house, top window,” the helicopter pilot said.

The moment the police helicopter realized the laser was being shone into the cockpit.
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Moments later, the man exited the home and aimed a “long gun” at the hovering helicopter before opening fire.

“Now someone is at the back door. Right now they are in the backyard,” said the pilot. “He could actually, he could be armed. He almost looks like he’s about to point a long gun at us. Yes, he’s shooting at us right now. He fires rounds. He has a long gun and an extended magazine.”

Police recovered five firearms from the abandoned home, including the one the suspect used to shoot the plane.

The shooter shoots at the helicopter.
Police have not yet named the 33-year-old suspect.
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“They found multiple caches of weapons and ammunition throughout the house as if it was set up for some sort of ambush or security purpose or whatever,” Lt. Mike Shaw according to Fox 2 Detroit.

The helicopter was not damaged by the shots.

The two state police officers who killed the shooter are identified only as two-year and nine-year Michigan State Police veterans.

Both are on leave until the investigation is completed.

With postal wires

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