MOUNT VERNON – Chief Roger Monroe was able to provide more details into the helicopter incident in Mount Vernon from Tuesday night.
According to a release by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Aviation Unit was requested via a phone call. The patrol was unable to provide any records pertaining to the arrangement of the helicopter detail and further questions should be directed to the Mount Vernon Police Department.
Chief Roger Monroe spoke briefly with the News regarding Tuesday night’s helicopter incident and the anxiety it caused.
The patrol offered its assistance, and it’s “just another tool to use” according to Monroe. When asked about any cost to the city, Monroe stated there was none.
The helicopter did assist on a possible burglary in process call on Coshocton Avenue, between North Clinton Street and Bond Street. The caller stated that it sounded like someone was trying kick her door in. The caller did see a vehicle leaving her drive and traveling down Blackman’s Alley but was not able to get a clear description of the vehicle.
Monroe also said the patrol helped on a traffic stop, but no records were made available.
According to Monroe, there was a call Tuesday about shots fired, but it was not in the city limits. Sheriff David Shaffer was not aware of the helicopter detail.
“We learned by attrition that we will definitely post something ahead of the next time,” Monroe said when asked about the chopper’s sudden and lengthy appearance in Mount Vernon. “Honestly, we were not thinking this would put everyone in an uproar.”
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