A Florida man was arrested last week after he was caught on video pointing a laser — attached to an AR-15 — at a police helicopter flying overhead, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
The sheriff’s office chopper was working with Port St Lucie Police on an unrelated burglary last Saturday when the incident took place, the sheriff’s office said.
A video camera onboard the helicopter captured Norman Flaxman walking outside his home, pointing the rifle directly at the helicopter and “deploying the laser two to three times,” deputies said.
PORT ST. LUICE MAN CAPTURED ON VIDEO POINTING A LASER ATTACHED TO AR-15 AT MCSO HELICOPTER A Port St. Lucie man was arrested after pointing a laser at our MCSO helicopter….that laser was attached to an AR-15. The incident was captured on our air video. MCSO Air-1 was assisting Port St. Lucie Police on an unrelated burglary at the time. That’s when 55-year old Norman Flaxman can be seen walking outside of his home on SW Belmont Circle in Port St. Lucie. He LOOKS UP, then points the rifle directly at our helicopter—deploying the laser two to three times. Air 1 notified officers on the ground, and Port St. Lucie Police were able to track and arrest Flaxman. He admitted to police he did it because he wanted to test his laser. Flaxman was arrested and charged with pointing a laser at a pilot or driver, which is a felony.
Posted by Martin County Sheriff's Office on Friday, January 24, 2020
The chopper officers reported the incident to police on the ground, and they tracked Flaxman down. Flaxman, 55, reportedly told officers he wanted to his laser.
On 1/18, 9:50 pm, @PSLPolice ARRESTED 55YO, Norman M Flaxman DOB 6/21/ 64, SW Belmont Cir, & charged him with Misuse of laser lighting devices. Flaxman pointed AR-15 w/ mounted laser at MCSO Helicopter while MCSO assisted PSLPD on an unrelated case. GREAT TEAM WORK! #MCSO pic.twitter.com/njPRPQBH0Z
— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) January 24, 2020
He’s been charged with pointing a laser at a pilot or driver, a felony. He was taken to jail and released on a $2,500 bond, TCPalm reported.
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