Laser pen aimed 4 times at police chopper, cops say

An intense beam of light from a handheld laser pen forced the pilot of a police helicopter to make evasive moves to keep safe, police in Winnipeg say.
Police say a light from a laser pen was aimed at their helicopter. (Shaun McLeod/CBC)

An intense beam of light from a handheld laser pen forced the pilot of a police helicopter to make evasive moves to keep safe, police in Winnipeg say.

"The pilot of the aircraft was directly struck by a green laser causing a hazard to flight," police said in a news release about the incident Saturday. "The pilot took evasive action to protect himself from the dangers of the laser beam."

According to police, the helicopter — known as Air One — was tracking suspects above Magnus Avenue around 2:30 a.m. CT Saturday when the laser light was aimed at the aircraft.

"Over a short period of time Air One was hit by the laser on four separate instances," police said, adding that the officers in the helicopter then focused their attention on the source of the light.

Police said a 30-year-old man is accused of aiming a laser pen at their helicopter. (Shaun McLeod/CBC)
They conveyed the suspected location to officers on the ground and about 10 minutes later police said they moved on a residence in the 1700 block of Arlington Street.

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody and charged with assault with a weapon and "projection of a directed bright light source at an aircraft."