BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma –
Broken Arrow Police say their new drone is already helping crime scene investigators.
In just two months, the technology is proving to be a major resource that most departments in Green Country don’t have.
It’s called an unmanned aerial system or UAS. Officers say the real-time view from above is especially critical when their special operations team is activated.
The UAS was deployed during a standoff on January 25.
“The initial information that we received was that there may be someone inside who could have someone held hostage,” officer James Koch recalled. “We didn’t know if there was anybody inside that was lying in wait. You know, as soon as they see an officer, they open fire on us.”
What started as a welfare check later turned into a murder-suicide investigation after Broken Arrow police found the bodies