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Man, 18, charged with six felonies in LAPD helicopter shooting

April 26, 2011 | 11:03 am

Prosecutors charged an 18-year-old Tuesday with half a dozen felonies, including attempted murder of a peace officer, in connection with the Easter Sunday shooting of an LAPD helicopter that pierced its fuel tank.

Danny Anthony Lopez was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, two counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm, one count of shooting at an occupied aircraft and one count of carrying a loaded firearm as part of a street gang with the allegation he personally discharged a firearm.

If convicted, Lopez could face a maximum term of life in prison. He was being held in Los Angeles County jail in lieu of $2.24-million bail.

Authorities say Lopez opened fire on the helicopter, which was responding to a call about 6 a.m. of shots fired near Saticoy Street and Densmore Avenue.

A bullet hit the helicopter's fuel tank, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing at Van Nuys Airport. Neither the officer nor the spotter were injured.

Lopez was taken into custody after being subdued by family members.

LAPD investigators received a report of a second suspect firing shots at the helicopter, but they later determined no one else was involved.


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