Treasure Valley police dabble in drones as prices drop, rules for use multiply

When an armed man suspected of firing on a police officer fled into a Kuna neighborhood last January, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office turned to a number of methods to find him — including a drone.

The sheriff’s office doesn’t have its own drone. But the Nampa Police Department has access to one, and it offered to help.

“That information proved essential to locating Ramon Milanez,” sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr said of the hunt for the Kuna shooting suspect.

Orr declined to offer specifics on how the drone was used. But deputies and police were waiting when Milanez backed a stolen car out of a garage. He died at the scene after authorities struck the car with an armored vehicle and exchanged gunfire with him, witnesses told the Statesman.

Most examples aren’t so high-profile — but the use of drones is an emerging trend for law enforcement agencies

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