San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. begins using drones

Following a deputy-involved shooting earlier this month in Rancho Santa Fe, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. used aerial drone footage to document the scene and capture overhead images to be used as evidence.

Modern-day footage from these unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, can be paramount in such investigations, said Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jason Vickery.

“If it comes down for a jury to look at and see the crime scene in this resolution, it gives a good picture to the person who wasn’t there to what it looked like and how things transpired at that event,” Vickery said.

The department, which covers 4,200-square-miles of county land, including the cities of...