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Ohio man arrested after threatening air ambulance

The helicopter apparently flew over the man's property en route to the hospital; he threatened to shoot down the aircraft

The Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Police in Cincinnati say a man was arrested after driving to a hospital and threatening to shoot down a medical helicopter the next time in flew over his property.

Police say 56-year-old Leonard Pflanz drove to Mercy West Hospital on Sunday, yelled at the University of Cincinnati Health Air Care pilot and threatened to shoot down the aircraft.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Pflanz was arrested and charged with a felony count of disrupting public service, and misdemeanor counts of misconduct at an emergency and aggravated menacing. Jail records didn't say whether he had an attorney.

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The helicopter apparently flew over the man's property en route to the hospital early Sunday. Authorities say Pflanz drove to the hospital, got out of his vehicle and began yelling at the pilot.

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George Yaworski George Yaworski Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:31:56 AM Wouldn't this be the same as saying you were going to shoot down or use a bomb on an airliner? Wouldn't the FAA have some law that applies?
Mike Bail Mike Bail Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:12:33 AM This guy is sick but I will ber it he is hurt on his farm Howe would want that bird to land. They need to take his guns
Jim Medlock Jim Medlock Monday, July 21, 2014 6:24:57 AM I support your evaluation completely. This is where our society goes awry. Its not guns, its unbalanced, irresponsible personal behavior which this guy demonstrated... Time to evaluate him...

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