Shots were fired at a Georgia State Patrol (GSP) helicopter in Geneva, GA, on Thursday.
The helicopter was flying in the area of Talbot County as part of Gov. Nathan Deal's Marijuana Eradication Task Force.
Officials in the helicopter heard gunshots, looked down and saw a man in a shooting stance. The chopper's crew took evasive maneuvers and notified law enforcement officials on the ground. They landed shortly thereafter and discovered damage to the helicopter's main rotor blades.
The Talbot County Sheriff's Department notified the FBI of the shooting, and when law enforcement responded to the incident, they found James Fryer, 59, standing outside, visibly upset.
After investigating, the FBI charged Fryer with violating Title 18, Section 32, also known as destruction of aircraft.
"It's a serious felony," said Special Agent Steve Emmett with the FBI in Atlanta. "It's a serious federal felony that has severe penalties."
Fryer made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles in Columbus, GA, on June 12.
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