EL CAJON (CNS) - A 17-year-old boy was in Juvenile Hall Friday on suspicion of having fired a flare gun at a sheriff's helicopter flying over El Cajon, police said.
The incident occurred as the chopper was flying over Main Street and Sunshine Avenue near Gillespie Field about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, said El Cajon police Lt. J.D. Arvan. The flare exploded about 30 feet from the aircraft.
"Fortunately, the flare did not impact the helicopter, but (it) could have caused a fire on the aircraft or entered the cockpit and incapacitated the pilot," the lieutenant said.
The helicopter crew followed a smoke trail from the flare and notified El Cajon police on the ground of the suspect's whereabouts.
Arvan said the teen fled to a nearby apartment complex in the 200 block of West Cypress Avenue, where he was ultimately arrested on suspicion of shooting at an occupied aircraft.
The flare gun was recovered and the teen was taken to Juvenile Hall, he said.
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