Chula Vista PD Use Drone to Capture Shooting Suspect, Providing Model Use Case of Its Drone as First Responder Program

Zacc Dukowitz

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Chula Vista law enforcement recently used a drone to help apprehend a shooting suspect.

The suspect was a teenager who had been riding in a car that was involved in a hit-and-run. Following the accident, the car fled the scene and was pursued by a man trying to get the car's license plate.

When the man got close enough to see the plates, the teenager leaned out of the hit-and-run car and shot him.

Multiple 911 calls came in right after the shooting—including a call from the man who was shot, who is in stable condition. The police immediately deployed a drone to the scene, which they used to locate the shooting suspect and track him until the police could arrive and arrest him.


Read our article to learn more about the arrest and the Chula Vista Police Department's Drone as First Responder (DFR) program, which enabled the quick deployment of the drone in this story.

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