Civilian Shoots Down Drone in His Backyard

August 1, 2015 3:31 am  |  Comments: 0  | Views: 5687

A Kentucky man decided to take matters into his own hands when a drone was found hovering in his backyard this week. The result? He shot the thing straight out of the sky with his shotgun. All seemed like a typical summer afternoon this Thursday until William Meredith noticed the drone hovering over his neighbor’s house. He told the media that he only planned to shoot it if it came onto his property and just a few minutes later it did.

Meredith claims his two teen daughters were sunbathing in the backyard and the drone was an invasion of his privacy and personal property. However, the drone’s owner said it was being used to take pictures of the neighboring house. Meredith was approached by four men regarding the drone who said it cost $1,800. In a statement to authorities, Meredith said:

“I had my 40 mm Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, ‘If you cross my sidewalk, there’s gonna be another shooting.'”

While another shooting didn’t take place thankfully, Meredith was arrested for criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. Drones flying around have become more of a problem in recent years and even though the FAA has recommended keeping the drones 400 feet away from residences and businesses, it isn’t always followed.

Meredith has stated he plans to sue the drone owners for invasion of privacy.

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