Gunman Opens Fire on Helicopter near Cynthiana

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Gunman opens fire on helicopter near Cynthiana

Authorities are searching for a gunman accused of opening fire on a utility helicopter in Kentucky and later exchanging gunfire with sheriff's officers.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Charles Loudermilk says the shooter fired at the utility helicopter while it was flying near Cynthiana.

The trooper says the pilot was able to safely land the aircraft.

Barnett says the suspect later exchanged gunfire with sheriff's officers. The gunman fled, and police from several agencies were in pursuit.

The incident also prompted Harrison County Schools officials to lock down some schools to ensure student safety, reports WKYT, citing a Facebook post from Harrison County Schools.

Just before five, the Harrison County School system announced they would be dismissing some students. Buses for students in the Eastside, Northside, and Southside districts began taking students homes at 5:15.

The system decided to hold Westside district until getting further notification from law enforcement.
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