Detroit man, 34, accused of shining laser pointer at state police helicopter

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
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A 34-year-old Detroit man has been arrested for allegedly shining a laser pointer at a Michigan State Police helicopter.

Officials said troopers in the helicopter were helping Detroit police Wednesday on Grand River when a laser was pointed at them from a second-floor apartment window. The pilot and tactical flight officer were able to pinpoint the source of the beam.

State police detectives obtained a warrant to search the home where they believed the laser beam originated. They recovered a laser pointer and arrested the suspect on a charge of directing energy from an energy device at an aircraft.

The suspect, identified as Anthony Scott Wagner, has been arraigned in Detroit's 36th District Court on one count of directed energy emitted from a directed energy device, aiming at aircraft or path of aircraft. Bond was set at $75,000.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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