Harrison Co. man accused of shooting at helicopter, police appears in court

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HARRISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man who allegedly shot at a helicopter and sheriff's deputies faced a judge on Tuesday morning.

When Thomas Field VanMeter entered the courtroom in Harrison County, he gave two thumbs up to his family. He told the judge his case is like Pandora's box.

"What comes out of my mouth cannot be unsaid," VanMeter said to the judge.

The judge replied, "Well, today...," but VanMeter continued by saying "I understand. I'm just making a point of stating that if we proceed with this case."

Police caught VanMeter back in September after a manhunt that lasted for hours in the area of White Oak Pike. On September 11, deputies went to check on VanMeter at a relative's request. That's when deputies say he fired shots at a Kentucky Utilities helicopter and them. The crew in the KU helicopter was able to land safely. After several hours of searching, they were able to locate and arrest him the next day.

A grand jury indicted VanMeter on eight counts of attempted murder. Tuesday, in court, he waived his right to a formal arraignment.

VanMeter will be back in court on December 5 for a pre-trial hearing. The judge discussed the possibility of a mental health evaluation before his next court date.

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