Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Port Richey, Florida: Man Charged With Pointing Laser At Pasco County Sheriff's Office Air Unit


Pasco Sheriff's Office


Pointing Laser at Aircraft


7515 Ironbark Dr. Port Richey


On 12/5/2017 at 10:50pm the Air Unit was assisting with a barricaded suspect call. 


Air6 was providing cover for the units setting up for an entry into the barricaded suspect's residence when they were targeted by a laser pointer. 


The suspect aiming the laser at the Aircraft was blinding the pilot and causing a hazard while interfering with the mission of the aircraft. 


The pilot was forced to disengage from the primary mission and address the laser suspect. 


Pilot Stephen Bowman tracked the suspect. 


Pilot Bowman noticed a parking lot about 1/4 mile from the suspect location which is large enough to safely land the helicopter.

He landed the helicopter and walked over to the suspect's residence where he detained the suspect.


Patrol units responded to the location and took over the arrest and transport of the suspect, Ryan Fluke W/M DOB 3/29/1990, who was arrested for Misuse of laser lighting devices.


Pasco County Sheriff's Office




PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Port Richey man, who deputies say was pointing a laser at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, wound up behind bars after the PCSO pilot landed the agency’s helicopter and helped take him into custody on Tuesday night.

Around 10:50 p.m, the PCSO helicopter was dispatched to help with a call about a barricaded suspect at 7515 Ironbark Dr. in Port Richey.

The helicopter was over the house where the suspect was barricaded and was providing cover for the deputies who were preparing to enter the suspect’s home, when the suspect aimed a laser pointer at the chopper.

The suspect aiming the laser was blinding the pilot and causing a hazard while interfering with the mission of the helicopter, according to the sheriff’s office.

The pilot was forced to stop providing cover for the deputies and address the issue about the laser.

Pilot Stephen Bowman noticed a parking lot about 1/4 mile from the suspect’s location. The parking lot was large enough to safely land the helicopter.

Pilot Bowman landed the helicopter and walked over to the suspect’s residence where he detained the suspect.

Patrol units responded to the location and took over the arrest and transport of the suspect, Ryan Fluke, 27, who was arrested for misuse of laser lighting devices.

Arrest documents say Fluke is employed as a bartender at Gill Dog Marina in Port Richey.

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