Gunshots, helicopter search startle

Neighbor questions use of chopper
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Editor
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A helicopter search drew concern from a North Auburn resident who said gunfire is a common sound where she lives. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies and their helicopter crew searched the area of North Creekhaven Road, located off Lorenson Road andHighway 49 Wednesday after they received two calls from residents, according to Dena Erwin, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Erwin said one resident reported a man who didn’t look like he belonged in the area. Shortly after, dispatchers took a call from a resident in the same area saying they heard gunshots. Several deputies searched on ground as the Sheriff’s helicopter searched creeks and other parts of the area from above. “They responded because it’s a large area and a creek runs along there,” Erwin said. “They can cover a lot more ground and see things the deputies on foot cannot.” Erwin said deputies did not find anything suspicious following the search. Penny Hartline lives in the area searched. She said she and others were alarmed Wednesday afternoon at about 2:30 when they heard the helicopter loud speaker tell them to stay inside and lock their doors. She said she thought it was “strange” that helicopters were searching because of gun fire when it’s a sound she hears daily. The Auburn Trap Club is located on Lorenson Road. “I hear (gun shots) anytime anybody is at the trap club,” Hartline said Thursday. “I think it’s strange that they went through that much trouble to send helicopters in an area where gunshots are heard every day.” “It makes me wonder if we’re in as much money trouble as they say,” Hartline added. Erwin said the helicopter is an “excellent tool” in searches. Erwin said the helicopter was already in the area on a routine patrol when the call came in. Reach Jenifer Gee at