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Lawrenceville Man Arrested After Helicopter Laser Strike

(Lawrenceville, Ga., June 6, 2022) – Gwinnett Police officers arrested Nedzad Mehic (30 yoa, male, Lawrenceville) after he pointed a laser at the police helicopter flying in the area of Cedars Road in Lawrenceville. The air unit was conducting training exercises with the Gwinnett SWAT Team at the Gwinnett Police Training Center when they were hit by a green laser which was pointed at the helicopter cockpit.

The flight crew of the helicopter was able to pinpoint the origin location of the laser and directed officers to make contact with several individuals at the location. After some investigation, Mehic was arrested for Pointing a Laser at an Aircraft and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail. This case will be referred to the FAA and the FBI Atlanta office for follow-up.

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is extremely dangerous because it can hinder the pilot’s ability to handle the aircraft as well as interfering with onboard equipment. This activity is illegal due to the potential harm it can do to the pilots, the aircraft, and the general public.

Case Number:  220046466  

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