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An armed suspect was apprehended at a firefighting helibase in Smelterville, Idaho, on Saturday, according to the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).
In a statement posted to its Facebook page, the SCSO said it received two 911 calls shortly before 6 p.m. local time on July 17. One caller reported an armed subject approaching firefighting personnel in their helicopter at the Shoshone County Airport, while a second caller reported that the subject was attempting to steal a helicopter.
The SCSO said one of its deputies arrived on scene at approximately 5:57 p.m. and quickly located the armed suspect, who was identified only as an Oregon resident. “The suspect then discharged a handgun several times into the ground and air as firefighter personnel were fleeing the immediate area,” the statement reads.
The SCSO deputy reportedly ordered the suspect to drop the weapon; he complied and was taken into custody with the assistance of a second SCSO deputy and an Idaho State Police Trooper “without further incident.” Several other SCSO units and other law enforcement agencies also responded to the scene.