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San Bernardino man accused of pointing laser at sheriff’s helicopter

By in Press Enterprise on October 12, 2017

By Stephen Ramirez

A 35-year-old San Bernardino man is in jail after authorities say he pointed a laser at a San Bernardino County sheriff’s helicopter, department officials said.

Christopher Wayne Flora was arrested in San Bernardino on suspicion of discharging a laser at an operations control center aircraft, a felony, jail records showed. He was booked at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino. Bail is set at $25,000.

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The incident occurred early Wednesday morning near the 600 block of 20th Street. A sheriff’s helicopter was on patrol in a San Bernardino neighborhood when the crew’s vision was struck several times by a purple laser, a sheriff’s news release said. The crew was able to find the source of the light ray, pinpointing a person in his backyard.

San Bernardino police officers were alerted to the residence and interviewed a male and female. They ruled out the female, identified Flora as the suspect and arrested him, the release said.

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