A shocking incident occurred in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday night at around 8:30 pm, when a 33-year-old man was shot and killed after allegedly flashing a green laser into the cockpit of a hovering police helicopter. The pilot contacted dispatch and informed them that a suspect with what appeared to be a long gun was pointing the beam into their aircraft.
The pilot said, “Now there’s somebody standing at the back door. Right now, they’re in the backyard. He actually might, he might be armed. He almost looks like he’s holding a long gun pointed at us right now. Yeah, he’s shooting at us right now. He’s firing rounds. He’s got a long gun, extended magazine.”
In response to this, law enforcement agents quickly rushed to the scene, which turned out to be an abandoned residence. As they arrived on the property, they were ambushed by gunfire coming from the second-floor window. In self-defense, two Michigan State Troopers returned fire and killed the suspect.
The authorities later searched through the house and discovered multiple hidden caches of weapons as well as ammunition stowed away strategically throughout the home, as if it had been set up for an ambush or some form of solid defense. Lt. Mike Shaw of Fox 2 reported these findings after inspecting the premises himself, “They found multiple weapons and ammunition stashes throughout the home as if it were set up for some type of ambush or security purposes or whatever.”
Tuesday night's tragic turn of events serves as yet another wakeup call for increased safety precautions in urban areas now more than ever - especially since deadly weapons like lasers can be used so easily to threaten public safety from afar. Communities have been encouraged to take extra measures to keep their neighborhoods secure while local law enforcement continues to do their best at protecting citizens from harm.