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Duke Helps Capture Suspect in Santa Ana

On Friday, June 20th OCSD’s helicopter “Duke” helped capture a man suspected of using a slingshot to shoot marbles at police in Santa Ana.

Aviation Support Unit deputies were providing air support to the Santa Ana Police Department during a felony car stop when a man with a slingshot began shooting marbles at the officers. While no one was injured, the back window of a vehicle was shattered. Duke followed the suspect into a backyard and directed in Santa Ana PD ground units. The suspect was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

OCSD’s helicopter support unit was approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1984 and since then has been improving Law Enforcement and other aviation support services provided to residents of Orange County. In addition to providing aerial surveillance for ground support, our crews are able to quickly transport members of a bomb squad or other specialized personnel (SWAT, Dive Team, and Canines), provide an aerial platform for personnel to view and assess fires and other disasters, assist with fire suppression by using water dropping buckets, and provide aerial evacuation from high rise structures during fires or other emergency situations. Great job Duke and OCSD Air Support deputies!