SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A Schertz man is in trouble for aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.
37 year old Justin Shorey picked the wrong helicopter to aim the beam from his laser pointer at. It was a San Antonio Police Department helicopter.
The incident took place on February 17th. Shorey pointed the beam at the chopper and in the flight path.
Now he’s in trouble with the feds.
“Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is incredibly dangerous. We won’t hesitate to hold anyone who engages in that reprehensible behavior fully accountable,” stated U.S. Attorney John Bash.
Shorey is facing 5 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says it was a dangerous act.
“The actions of this defendant was not just a safety concern for the officers in the aircraft, but it also put the public in significant danger. We are pleased that the defendant will be held accountable for his dangerous actions.”
If you have information about a lasing incident, contact the San Antonio FBI at 210-225-6741. If you see
someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, call the nearest local law enforcement agency immediately by dialing