Bullets Hit LA Police Chopper, Force Landing

Pilot gets down safely; cops questioning several suspects
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2008 7:50 AM CDT
Bullets Hit LA Police Chopper, Force Landing
Los Angeles County Sheriff's gang detective Adam Torres looks towards the Florence-Firestone neighborhood in Los Angeles County, Nov. 15, 2007.    (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Two bullets struck a Los Angeles sheriff’s helicopter and forced it to make an emergency landing, the Los Angeles Times reports. Noone was hurt. The chopper was on its way to investigate a robbery when bullets hit its belly and tail, apparently from a high-powered rifle. Several men have been detained for questioning, but no arrests have been made.

"We believe this is not an isolated case," said one deputy. "The people responsible for this are intent on killing our officers." (More Los Angeles stories.)

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