County sheriff quietly expands drone fleet to 6, flown dozens of times
Earlier this week in San Leandro, California, law enforcement officers closed in on a house that they believed was being used as an illegal casino. But before deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office could secure the residence, one of the suspects bolted and started hopping fences. Luckily for the cops, the ACSO had a secret weapon: a drone. After the bust, they even bragged about it on Twitter.
We used our UAV during the high risk search warrant and were able to follow a suspect who fled the residence. pic.twitter.com/rSAgYCWvTI
— ACSO (@ACSOSheriffs) June 27, 2016
"In this situation the suspect fled, and the UAV was able to observe the suspect flee and to alert the first responders to where he was so they could contain him and apprehend him as safely as possible," Capt. Tom Madigan, who was present for the bust, told Ars.
And what would have happened if the drone hadn’t been overhead?