FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – Two men from Flint are accused of firing multiple shots at a Michigan State Police helicopter.
Investigators say the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Happy Hollow Natural Area near Powers High School in Flint.
The flight crew and the helicopter were not affected.
The men face assaults with intent to murder and domestic terrorism, both of which can lead to life sentences if convicted.
“This is a unique case for us. I have never had a case where someone on the ground fired a gun at an airplane, be it a plane or a police helicopter, ”said Genesee County District Attorney David Leyton.
This unique case unfolded in the early morning hours of Saturday as the Michigan State Police helicopter known as Trooper 3 assisted Flint Police and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department , who were responding to a call for gunfire in the Hammerberg and Miller Roads area. I-69.
Police said when the helicopter arrived, two men on a catwalk in the Happy Hollow Natural Area turned their attention to the plane.
“If you watch the video from the helicopter, you can see these two individuals point the gun directly at the helicopter and shoot, and the pilot says along with the video, now they’re shooting at the plane,” Leyton says. .
The flight crew were able to direct ground officers to the suspected snipers and Jeremy Engelmann, 26, and David Cox, 26, both from Flint, were arrested for each firing multiple shots at the helicopter . They were brought to justice on eight counts each, including two counts of assault with intent to murder the two crew members and domestic terrorism.
“Domestic terrorism, because in the law it says categorically that if you are trying to intimidate the police, I don’t know if a situation could be more intimidating than shooting at a police helicopter,” Leyton explains.
It is not known how high the helicopter was in the sky as it flew over the natural area when the shots were fired.
“I don’t think there was any doubt that they intended to shoot the helicopter, now if they knew the projectile could travel that far, that’s something I don’t know. , but we don’t have to prove it, ”Leyton says.
Bonds for the men have been set at $ 50,000 and they remain in jail at this time.
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