Drone Saves the Day During Virginia Manhunt

A sheriff’s office in Virginia is crediting a drone with tracking down a subject wanted in a manhunt yesterday.

According to the Stafford Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10:05 a.m., the office received a call from a concerned citizen who had been contacted by a female who said a male subject who lived at her residence had gotten angry and fired multiple shots into a vehicle on the property. Responding deputies quickly arrived on scene and were informed by other witnesses in the area that they had also observed the male subject exit the residence and fire multiple rounds into the vehicle and then walk back inside the house.

The shooting had stopped as deputies worked to secure the immediate area surrounding the residence, but the location of the shooter was unknown. The sheriff’s office then initiated a manhunt and activated several of its special operations teams, including an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), K-9 teams and a SWAT team, for the wanted felon with probation violations involving weapons.

At approximately 12:16, the UAS was able to successfully get an overhead view of the area and spot the subject, who was retreating into the woods. SWAT team members converged on the location, and the subject was taken into custody without further incident, says the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.


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