OCSD launches Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program, giving agency a new low-cost, high-yield investigative tool


Hunkered down in a Santa Ana auto repair shop, the suspect wouldn’t respond to officers’ demands to give himself up. The man hiding from police had been seen at about 11 a.m. on Sept. 17, allegedly carrying a gun and entering a 7-Eleven on 1st Street. When police arrived, the man ran from the convenience store and took cover at the back of an auto body shop up the street. Barricaded and possibly armed, the Santa Ana PD called the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Support Unit for an assist, and the team brought with them a new tool: An…

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