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New aerial surveillance system credited with arrest of double murder suspect

August 30, 2012 |  3:09 pm

Officials in Lancaster are crediting the city’s new aerial surveillance system with aiding in the capture of a suspect wanted in connection with a double murder.

The incident unfolded Tuesday when officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were conducting undercover surveillance of an apartment complex on the eastside of Lancaster, looking for a man wanted in connection with two homicides, according to a statement from the Lancaster sheriff’s station.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the officers determined that their suspect was inside one of the apartments and called on deputies to help take him into custody. Sheriff's officials dispatched Lancaster's new Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System, which uses technology attached to a piloted single-engine Cessna to give deputies a bird's-eye view of what's happening on the ground. 

Within a few seconds, a deputy at the station had an aerial view of the apartment complex, sheriff’s officials said. He kept watch on the complex while units were positioned around the building to prevent the suspect’s escape and LAPD officers moved in. The aerial surveillance “allowed the LAPD officers to safely take the suspect into custody without incident,” officials said.

An LAPD spokeswoman said she had no information about the incident.

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