The father of a Barrow County commissioner is under investigation for allegedly threatening to shoot down a helicopter last Friday that reportedly was carrying former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.
The incident happened around noon Friday, May 10, when the helicopter owned by a Lawrenceville company flew in circles around the Barrow County Airport. As it circled, it made several passes over the home of 65-year-old Ken Shook, who owns multiple parcels that abut the airport’s 358-acre site. Shook has filed similar complaints in the past, but this time, when a deputy responded to take the complaint, the Winder man allegedly made threatening comments.
Deputy Chris Jackson states in a report that Shook said the pilot was “deliberately trespassing” on his property, was polluting his air, and was “threatening” him.
He said the pilot could be “a Japanese” and he asked the deputy to write the pilot a citation “or let the National Guard shoot him down.”
Then Shook added: “I have a shooting range on my property. If he keeps threatening me he’s in trouble. I’ll make sure I keep all my bullets in my airspace.”
See complete story in May 15 print edition of Barrow Journal.
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