Police in Chula Vista, Calif., this week used a drone to aid in the arrest of a 17-year-old boy suspected of shooting a good Samaritan in the head in the aftermath of a hit-and-run crash, officials said.
(TNS) — Police on Tuesday used a drone to aid in the arrest of a 17-year-old boy suspected of shooting a good Samaritan in the head in the aftermath of a hit-and-run crash,
The victim, a 25-year-old man, was expected to survive the gunshot wound, according to police. Investigators say the teen had been in the hit-and-run suspect's car, and shot the man because he was trying to get that car's license plate number after the collision.
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The victim told police he witnessed the non-injury hit-and-run collision and was following the suspect's car when he was shot by a passenger in the car, Foxx said.
Officers who were livestreaming incoming 911 calls deployed a drone to the area. Using the camera on the drone, an officer was able to watch the suspect, carrying a handgun, exit a car and walk from the area, Foxx said in a news release.
The drone operator helped guide officers on the street to the shooting victim and to the suspect, who was arrested, Foxx said. The arresting officers found a loaded handgun in the teen's pocket, and the boy was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of felony assault charges.
Medics transported the shooting victim to a hospital, according to Foxx. The person who was hit by the vehicle was uninjured, while the driver involved in the collision was issued a citation.
In a statement, Foxx said the department's Drone as
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