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OH YES HE DID: Kentucky Man Shoots Down Drone Hovering Over His Backyard

William H. Merideth

'If you cross that sidewalk onto my property, there’s going to be another shooting.'

 reports: The way William Merideth sees it, it’s pretty clear-cut: a drone flying over his backyard was a well-defined invasion of privacy, analogous to a physical trespassing.

"Are you the son of a bitch that shot my drone?"

Not knowing who owned it, the Kentucky man took out his shotgun and fired three blasts of Number 8 birdshot to take the drone out. 8427080_G

"It was just right there. It was hovering, I would never have shot it if it was flying. When he came down at my girl's room, and came with a video camera right over my back deck, that's not going to work. I know they're neat little vehicles, but one of those uses shouldn’t be flying into people's yard and videotaping."

"It was just right there," he told Ars. "It was hovering, I would never have shot it if it was flying. When he came down at my girl's room, and came with a video camera right over my back deck, that's not going to work. I know they're neat little vehicles, but one of those uses shouldn’t be flying into people's yard and videotaping."
William Merideth Mug shot

William Merideth Mug shot

"We have a lawyer and there's a court date and then there's going to be a hearing. It's not going to stop with the two charges against me, which I'm confident that we'll get reduced or get dismissed completely."

Minutes later, a car full of four men that he didn’t recognize rolled up, "looking for a fight."

[Read the full story here, at Ars Technica]

"Are you the son of a bitch that shot my drone?" one said, according to Merideth.

"The people that own the drones and the people that hate guns are the only ones that disagree with what I did."

His terse reply to the men, while wearing a 10mm Glock holstered on his hip: "If you cross that sidewalk onto my property, there’s going to be another shooting." The men backed down, retreated to their car, and waited for the police to arrive.

 "Now, if I’d have had a .22 rifle, I should have gone to jail for that. The diameter of those things are going to come down with enough force to hurt somebody. Number 8 birdshot is not. Number 8 is the size of a pinhead."

"His only comment was that he hoped I had a big checkbook because his drone cost $1,800," Merideth added.

"The bottom line is that it's a right to privacy issue and defending my property issue. It would have been no different had he been standing in my backyard. As Americans, we have a right to defend our rights and property."

The Kentuckian was arrested Sunday evening in Hillview, Kentucky, just south of Louisville and charged with criminal mischief and wanton endangerment. He was released the following day. The Hillview Police Department did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.

The report of the downed drone comes a month after Ars reported on a similar incident in Modesto, California. But in that case, the drone operator was flying his drone over his parents’ farm, and it was shot down by a neighbor…(read more)

Ars Technica

1 Comment on OH YES HE DID: Kentucky Man Shoots Down Drone Hovering Over His Backyard

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