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GSP chopper hit by bullet; man arrested

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A Geneva, GA man is under arrest for shooting a state patrol helicopter in Talbot County. 

Law enforcement units found James Fryer, age 59, in the area where the shots were fired, visibly upset. Subsequent investigation resulted in Fryer being charged by the FBI with violation of Title 18, Section 32, Destruction of Aircraft.

The FBI issued a statement saying that Wednesday, the Talbot County Sheriff's Department notified FBI agents in Columbus, Georgia of an incident involving gunshots fired on a Georgia State Patrol (GSP) helicopter operating in the area as part of the Georgia Governor's Marijuana Eradication Task Force. 

The GSP helicopter, while operating near a residence in Geneva, Georgia, heard several gunshots and then observed an individual in what appeared to be a shooting stance.  The helicopter crew took evasive action, reported the incident to law enforcement on the ground, and then landed. 

Upon inspection of the aircraft, it was determined that there was damage to the GSP helicopter's main rotor blades.

Fryer will have an initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles at Columbus, Georgia this morning, Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

The public should be reminded that the above are merely allegations and that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

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