Man Winds Up Dead After Allegedly Pointing Green Laser, Then Firing at Police Helicopter

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In the United States of 2023, dumb criminals and skyrocketing crime rates are, unfortunately, not novel phenomena.

In Detroit, however, they coalesced in a profoundly depressing way this week, leading to Michigan State Police troopers shooting and killing an armed man living in an abandoned house.

Why? Because he allegedly pointed a laser at, then shot at, a police helicopter.

WXYZ-TV reported that the man was “holed up inside the second floor of a home where the shots were fired.”

It’s unclear why the 33-year-old man, who has not been named, targeted the helicopter, according to the New York Post. It’s also unclear whether police were looking for him.

What is known is that the helicopter was circling Detroit’s west side at roughly 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday when the incident occurred.

“We got somebody hitting us with a green laser on the rear of the house, upper window,” the pilot of the helicopter can be heard saying in footage of the incident.

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