Drone Shooter Faces Charges

In the United States, a man has shot down a drone flying over his property. Now, the said drone shooter faces charges pressed by the drone owners against him.

The man, known as William Meredith, who is from Hillview, Kentucky, was thereafter apprehended by the police.

Drone Shooter Faces Charges Against Him

Based on the information from the local media, he was apprehended and charged with first degree criminal mischief and first degree wanton endangerment.

Meredith informed BBC that he shot at the drone three times before it bumped into the woods behind his house.

It was on a Sunday that Meredith’s daughters came in from the back garden and informed her dad that they saw a drone hovering in the sky.

On a side note, the owners could have used a mounted camera and/or a GPS tracker for drones for proper monitoring purposes to avoid such incident.

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Privacy Concerns

He elucidated that the drone was flying above his environment and that when it flew over his property, he blew it.

Just three gunshots from his Benelli short-barrel shotgun brought the drone down from the sky. This caused the incident wherein the drone shooter faces charges pressed against him.

“I went to my safe, retrieved my shotgun, went back out,” he said. “I felt that I was well within my rights as an American citizen to defend my property.”

Meredith further said that he was worried that the drone was intruding his privacy and that of his children, adding that it was not the only time a drone had been seen in that area. However, despite his reasons, there is still a proper way to terminate prohibited drones that are intruding one’s privacy.

The owner of the downed drone, together with other three men, later queried Meredith outside his apartment.

“They were pretty upset, there were some words exchanged and they started towards me,” he declared.

At that junction, Meredith made it clear that he felt he had the right to defend himself and made the men conscious that he was carrying a gun.

“My gun was holstered on my belt and never came out, I never brandished the gun, never pulled it out or waved it around, anything like that,” he said.

The police in Hillview apprehended Meredith and sued him with offenses relating to the discharge of a firearm.

This is not the only time home owners in the US have shot down small drones with guns. A court in California just ruled last week in favor of a drone owner who filed a suit against a man who shot down his drone.

Wildfire Watch

But it is not all the time that the law is in support of drone pilots.

Californian officials decided to give a sum of $75,000 in rewards for information that could assist them to apprehend drone pilots who flew their drones over the latest wildfires in San Bernardino County.

The hovering of hobbyists’ drones close to wildfires made firefighting aircraft to be grounded for safety purposes, which led to the fires spreading more rapidly.

District attorney Mike Ramos declared in a report, “We want to know who was flying drones, and we want them punished.

“Someone knows who they are, and there is $75,000 waiting for them.”



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