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GENEVA, Ga. -- The FBI has charged a west Georgia man with shooting a Georgia State Patrol helicopter as it flew over his house.

James Fryer, 59, was charged with violation of Title 18, Section 32, or destruction of an aircraft.

According to the FBI, the helicopter is part of Gov. Nathan Deal's Marijuana Eradication Task Force. As the chopper flew over Geneva, Ga., east of Columbus, the crew heard several gunshots and saw a man in shooting stance on the ground.

The crew called local police and landed the helicopter. The shooter hit the aircraft's main rotor blades, causing damage.

Police found Fryer outside his home and arrested him. He will have his first court appearance at 10 a.m. Thursday in Columbus.

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