Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rapid City police looking for pilot of drone seen over shooting scene

RAPID CITY — Rapid City police are seeking help to identify the operator of a drone that was spotted flying over the scene of an officer-involved shooting on Feb. 28.

Police say the operator may have broken the law by flying the drone in the area outside the Cornerstone Rescue Mission where officers responded to the report of a shooting.

Forty-four-year old Earl Hicks, of Rapid City, was shot and killed after police say Hicks threatened an officer with a handgun. The man shot by Hicks survived.

Police say it's legal for people to fly remote controlled aircraft.

But new federal regulations effective since late 2015 require drones to be registered and that drone use not interfere with official actions, such as firefighting and certain police work, or in ways that violate people's privacy or pose a danger to other aircraft or people in general.

Original article can be found here: http://www.capjournal.com

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