Kings County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who reportedly aimed an AR-15 rifle equipped with a laser sight at a sheriff’s office airplane early Tuesday.
Eddie Albert Ignacio, 29, was booked on charges being a felon in possession of a firearm and discharging a laser at an aircraft when he was booked into Kings County Jail. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. near Santa Rosa Rancheria.
A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said the Skyking 1 aircraft was sent to the rancheria to check a report of shots fired near a slough. The plane’s crew alerted deputies after a red laser was pointed at the plane. Deputies were directed to a Dodge pickup in the 16400 block of Jeff Road.
Deputies tried to make a traffic stop at Jeff Road and Thomas Road, but the truck reportedly drove at a patrol vehicle, nearly striking it. The truck then became stuck in the 16900 block of South Road and the driver ran. Ignacio was arrested nearby.
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Deputies recovered the rifle and two 30-round magazines, one of which was empty.
In October, a Clovis man was sentenced to five years in prison by a federal judge for pointing a laser at an aircraft.