A man who fired a shotgun at a Georgia State Patrol helicopter will appear before a Columbus judge today. 59-year-old James Fryer will have an initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge St...

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A man who fired a shotgun at a Georgia State Patrol helicopter is scheduled to appear before a Columbus judge Thursday.

59-year-old James Fryer will have an initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles in Columbus on Thursday.

Police say on Wednesday, as officers with the Georgia Governor's Marijuana Eradication Task Force were flying a state patrolhelicopter near a home in Geneva, officers on board the helicopter heard several gunshots.

The officers then saw a man in a shooting stance on the ground near the home, and dispatched other officers on the ground to the location of the man.

Officers on the helicopter safely landed the aircraft in another area to check it for damage.

An inspection revealed gunshots had damaged the main rotors of the aircraft.

Officers on the ground found 59-year-old James Fryer outside the home and say he appeared visibly upset.

The FBI has charged Fryer with one count of destruction of an aircraft.

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