Men Cited After Pointing Laser at Officers

Officers say their vessel was about a half mile off shore near Ocean Beach

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, May 23, 2012  |  Updated 7:54 AM PDT
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Laser Strike Injures Harbor Police Officers

Officer Twardy shows NBCSanDiego the area from which the laser strike originated.

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Laser Strike Injures Harbor Police Officers

This is the first time a laser strike has ever happened to officers aboard a Harbor Police boat. On Friday May fourth, Officer Robert Twardy and his partner Officer Jennifer McMaster were patrolling San Diego Bay. Twardy tells NBC 7's Tony Shin what happened next.
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Four people were issued citations beneath Sunset Cliffs Tuesday night after they pointed a laser light at Harbor Police officers.

Officers say their vessel was about a half mile off shore near Ocean Beach when it was hit with a green laser around midnight -- the beam struck an officer in the face.

The four men were found near Sunset Cliffs and issued citations.

Pointing a laser at an officer is a serious offense, Harbor Police say.

Earlier this month, two Harbor Police officers were injured -- one seriously injured -- after a green laser was pointed at them near the Shelter Island Fishing Pier in Point Loma.

One officer was temporarily blinded. He was taken off duty for several days to recover, according to a Harbor Police statement.

Officer Robert Twardy described what happened when his partner Officer Jennifer McMaster looked to the area of Point Loma near Canon and Talbot, just below Catalina Boulevard where they saw something shining in their direction.

Recently, an increasing number of lasers have been pointed at airplanes, posing great danger to aircrafts and their pilots.

Last July, an 18-year-old man was accused of pointing a laser at the cockpit of a San Diego police helicopter. He was ordered to stand trial on a felony charge, and faces three years in prison if convicted.

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