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Joshua Tree man threatened to shoot down police copter, officials say

December 20, 2012 |  1:34 pm

A man from Joshua Tree who allegedly threatened to shoot down the next police helicopter that flew over his desert home was arrested after San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies raided the residence and found firearms and marijuana plants

A Joshua Tree man who allegedly threatened to shoot down the next police helicopter that flew over his desert home was arrested after San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies raided the residence and found firearms and marijuana plants.

Gene Richard Lombardo, 55, allegedly telephoned the Sheriff's Department on Dec. 14 and threatened to shoot down the helicopter, according to a statement released by the department. As a result, the department's aviation division altered its flight courses near Lombardo's home in the 2900 block of Wedley Road.

On Wednesday, deputies and detectives searched Lombardo's home and found multiple firearms along with ammunition and an indoor marijuana cultivation operation, according to the law enforcement agency.

Lombardo was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer and cultivation of marijuana. He is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $150,000 bail.

-- Phil Willon in Riverside

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Photo: A San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department helicopter transports the body of a missing hiker found on Mt. Baldy in 2010. Source: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

 

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