Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cowlitz Sheriff reports SWAT mission ends peacefully: Photos taken by U.A.V. during mission attached. (Photo)


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 12th, 2017 10:52 AM
Downloadable file: UAV photo of SWAT scene
Downloadable file: UAV used by SWAT
Castle Rock, Wa. 7-11-17. The U.S. Marshal's fugitive apprehension team asked the Cowlitz Sheriff for assistance in arresting a man wanted for a felony DOC Warrant upon finding him in a motor home on Camelot Drive, south of Castle Rock last night. SWAT was called and about an hour later the man gave up peacefully.

The man, Casey A. Christionson, 43, years of age, has a history of assaults and was believed to be armed and refused to come out of the motorhome. Lower Columbia SWAT was called to the scene and after an hour of negotiation, Christianson came out of the motorhome and was taken in to custody without further incident.

Attached to this media release is a picture taken by the Cowlitz Sheriff U.A.V. during the mission. The U.A.V. was flown by Cowlitz Sheriff Sergeant Corey Huffine as seen in the other photo holding the U.A.V. transmitter. The other personnel in that photo are leaders of Lower Columbia SWAT who were using the live display of the event as it unfolded.

The Sheriff's Office has had the U.A.V. for about a year and has 3 certified pilots. We have used the U.A.V. on other cases, but this was the first time it was used on a SWAT mission. The U.A.V. proved to be a valuable tool for SWAT commanders during the mission by letting them see an overhead view of the activity in real time.
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