UPDATE #1: GCPD Helicopter Crash

Update #1, 09/01/2017: Though there is no new update on the officer’s conditions, their injuries are non-life threatening.  They were both taken to Gwinnett Medical Center Lawrenceville to be treated for their injuries.  Their names are being withheld at this time. 

Prior to the crash, the two officers/pilots were assisting East Precinct Officers at the scene of a Wanted Person Located call on Mitford Court in Dacula. 

The helicopter suffered significant damage.  It’s unclear if the aircraft can be repaired.  At this time, it is unknown how far off the ground the helicopter was before it crashed.  The FAA is the lead agency in the cause of this aviation crash.  More specific information regarding the logistics will need to be obtained from their agency. 

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Original, 09/01/2017:  (Lawrenceville, Georgia) The Gwinnett County Police Department is currently investigating a crash involving one of its helicopters. The helicopter was spotted going down at Briscoe Field near the GCPD Aviation Hangar around 10:58am. Witnesses from the Control Tower called 911 and reported the incident. The helicopter had been assisting uniform patrol officers involved in a chase with a wanted suspect when the weather turned unfavorable. The helicopter was headed back to the GCPD Aviation Hangar.  The Gwinnett County Police Department in conjunction with Gwinnett County Fire and Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. There were two officers/ pilots on board at the time of the crash. The first officer was able to exit the helicopter. The second officer was trapped and was extricated by Gwinnett County Fire. Both officers were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center –Lawrenceville to be treated for injuries. The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time, but are non –life threatening. The families of the officers have been notified.

The Chief of Police and his command staff are on scene. The FAA has been dispatched from Atlanta to investigate the cause of the crash. The Gwinnett County Police Department has two helicopters in its fleet.

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