A man in Kentucky shot down an $1,800 drone with his shotgun after it hovered over his property.
Hillview Police arrested 47-year-old William H. Meredith Sunday night after he shot down a drone that was hovering around his and neighbor’s properties.
The incident took place Sunday afternoon after Meredith’s daughters, who were playing in his backyard, came into their home to tell him a drone kept flying over. Neighbors reported seeing it flying over their homes as well.
“Well I came out and it was down by the neighbor’s house, about 10 feet off the ground, looking under their canopy they’ve got under their backyard,” Meredith told WDRB News. “I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property.'”
Shortly after he walked out with his shotgun, the drone returned to hover back over his property. He took aim and blasted it out of the sky.
“I didn’t shoot across the street, I didn’t shoot across my neighbor’s fences. I shot directly into the air,” said Meredith.
It didn’t take long for the drone’s owner to find out who shot it down. Four men soon showed up to confront Meredith about the incident.
“They asked me, ‘Are you the S-O-B that shot my drone?’ and I said, ‘Yes I am.'” Meredith recounted. “I had my 40mm Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, ‘If you cross my sidewalk, there’s gonna be another shooting.'”
The men quickly changed their mind about the confrontation and instead returned to their home to call police. They told police the drone cost in excess of $1,800 dollars and all they were doing was flying over to take pictures of a friend’s house.
Police didn’t arrest Meredith for destroying the drone, but for discharging a firearm within city limits. They took him in on first-degree wanton endangerment and criminal mischief.
Meredith is currently out on bail, but is not letting the incident go. He feels rules need to be put in place about the use of drones and privacy.
“When you’re in your own property, within a six-foot privacy fence you have the expectation of privacy,” explained Meredith. “We don’t know if he was looking at the girls. We don’t know if he was looking for something to steal. To me, it was the same as trespassing.”