Edmonton Man Blinded A Police Helicopter With A Laser And He’s In Huge Trouble (PHOTOS)
He's facing charges including assault with a weapon.
I remember being in high school and every couple of months there would be some wiseguy in the back of the room zooming a laser pointer around on the teacher's presentation. It seems like even though high school is over, one Edmonton man didn't get the message that pointing lasers is totally inappropriate. An Edmonton police helicopter was blinded by a blue laser in the early morning hours on Saturday, October 26. Police are now laying charges in connection to the Edmonton police helicopter laser incident.
According to a news release, an Edmonton Police Helicopter Air 1 was flying above the north side of Edmonton at around 2:15 a.m. It was struck multiple times by a blue laser. Fortunately, the pilot could track the origins of the laser and so patrol officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect.
Christopher Horon is 41 years old and he's being charged with assault with a weapon, mischief and breach of probation.
Sgt. James Pennie with the EPS Flight Operations Unit said that pointing a laser at any aircraft "could result in criminal charges and/or penalties under the Canadian Aviation Regulations."
You can see in the photos taken by the helicopter that the laser is bright and "can be quite blinding to the human eye and could impose serious safety risks to our members operating the aircraft,” says Sgt. Pennie.
The photos taken from the Edmonton Police Helicopter show the blue laser beam coming from what looks like a figure standing on the sidewalk.
As the laser turns to point directly at the helicopter, it's clear to see how blinding the laser was for those who were inside the aircraft.
"These activities met the definition of these charges in the criminal code and that's why we've laid them." said Cheryl Sheppard with the Edmonton Police Service said in a phone call with Narcity.
One tweet in response to the incident said: "I hope they throw the book at you." Another tweet reads, "Imagine being 41 and this is juvenile."
The Edmonton Police Service asks anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 780-423-4567.