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Tuscaloosa police searching for operator of drone that fell on fan during gameday


By Ben Culpepper

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Tuscaloosa police need help identifying a man who allegedly was operating a drone that fell from the sky and hit a pedestrian last weekend.

According to a release, a Phantom Drone struck a man who was in a parking lot on 12th Avenue near Bryant Drive around 2:30 p.m., the same time Alabama football kicked off its game against Mississippi State at the nearby Bryant-Denny Stadium. It’s unknown at this time if the man was injured by the falling drone, which was recovered by police and found to have a video camera attached to it.

Authorities were able to download the footage the camera captured before crashing to the ground and found an image of the man they believe was operating the drone.

Anyone with information regarding his identity is asked to please contact the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-248-2520 or Crime Stoppers at 205-752-STOP. You can also contact police via text message. Text “Tusc” along with your tip to 274637.

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