Chula Vista police drone assists in arrest teen in shooting

On Tuesday a Chula Vista police drone assisted in the arrest of a 17-year-old male who is suspected of shooting a good Samaritan in the head after a hit-and-run crash.

Chula Vista police drone assists in arrest teen in shooting

According to the police, the victim a 25-year-old man is expected to survive the gunshot wound. Police Lt. Miriam Foxx said the shooting around 4 p.m. Tuesday at Fifth Avenue and Palomar Street.

As per their Drone as a First Responder program, the Chula Vista Police Department deployed an unmanned aircraft to the scene of the shooting. In a news release, Foxx said that a police officer who was monitoring the live stream from the drone saw the suspect exit the vehicle and walk away from the area carrying a handgun.

Using the information from the drone’s live stream, the operator guided police officers on the street to the shooting victim and to the suspect who was arrested. The 17-year-old male was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of felony assault charges.

In a statement, Foxx said the department’s Drone as First Responder program and Live911 program “highlight the teamwork” of dispatchers, drone operators, and patrol officers who are taking advantage of technology to “save valuable time responding to emergency calls like this,” reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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