Man Arrested for Shooting Oklahoma City Police Helicopter

Wednesday, September 29th 2010, 3:13 pm
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Tips from Crime Stoppers helped Oklahoma City officers catch a man suspected of shooting at the Air One Police Helicopter.

Police noticed a bullet hole in Air One June 28 during a preflight inspection. They believed the aircraft was shot the night before during its routine patrol. Pilots said they did not notice the shot during their flight.

A tip from the Crime Stoppers hotline led police to 18-year-old Michael Patrick McMichael. Police believed he was the person who shot at Air One. He faced charges of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm in committing a felony. He's been booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

Police said if not for the call to Crime Stoppers, they probably would not have solved this crime.

"We're very proud of our program and what it speaks to are the citizens of Oklahoma City being involved and helping police solve crimes," said Police Captain Patrick Stewart.

Oklahoma City initiated its Crime Stoppers program in 1979.

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