Florida deputies arrest man for pointing laser at pilots

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida sheriff’s office has arrested a man for pointing a laser at planes trying to land at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Deputies said Charlie Chapman Jr., 42, shined the laser pointer on a fixed-wing plane four times and one time at the MCSO helicopter.

One of the pilots of the plane advised that the laser hit him directly in the eyes, causing temporary blindness.

When deputies attempted to take Chapman into custody he grabbed a hammer and made a striking motion towards deputies.

Deputies located a laser pointer in Chapman’s pocket. He is charged with aggravated assault on an officer, point laser at pilot with injury, point laser at pilot without injury, and resisting without violence.

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