- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say two people have been arrested after a laser was allegedly pointed at a Los Angeles County sheriff’s helicopter during a training exercise.

Sheriff’s officials say the incident occurred Tuesday night in Agoura Hills. The flight crew notified patrol deputies that a laser had been pointed at the helicopter from the ground.

Deputies were directed to a home, where they arrested 31-year-old Christopher Cooper and 33-year-old Tanjelina Meredith on suspicion of discharging a laser at an aircraft, a felony. It wasn’t immediately known if the suspects have lawyers.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday (http://lat.ms/1h5EQO4) that since 2010, the department’s aircraft have been struck by lasers 35 times - including six incidents this year. Sheriff’s officials say arrests have been made in about two dozen cases.

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