Man Accused of Shooting at Ventura County Firefighting Helicopter During a Training Flight

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Authorities arrested a antheral Thursday aft they said helium fired gunshots astatine a firefighting chopper during nighttime grooming exercises successful Southern California.

No 1 aboard the chopper — called Ventura County Firehawk Copter 4 — was injured, and the craft was not struck, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect, 44-year-old Joshua Chimarusti, was booked connected suspicion of attempted execution and respective firearms offenses. He is scheduled to beryllium arraigned Monday, and it was not instantly wide if helium had an lawyer who could talk connected his behalf.

Joshua Chimarusti, 44, is pictured successful this photograph provided by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

The chopper unit was flying astir 9:15 p.m. Wednesday successful Lake Casitas, astir 80 miles northbound of Los Angeles, for grooming operations, the sheriff's bureau said. The unit realized determination was gunfire aimed astatine them, and the aviator took evasive actions and saw a conveyance speeding away.

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The chopper followed the conveyance to the assemblage of Oak View until it stopped, and Chimarusti got retired and fired much shots astatine the chopper, authorities said.

Chimarusti past ran away, prompting an hourslong hunt by sheriff's deputies, K-9 units, a tiny SWAT portion and different helicopter. He was recovered aboriginal Thursday, and the handgun he's accused of utilizing besides was recovered.

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