Man Arrested for Shooting Down Drone: I Was Protecting My Right to Privacy
A Kentucky man who was arrested for shooting down a drone says that he was just protecting his right to privacy.
William Merideth has been charged with first-degree criminal mischief after he said he shot down a drone that was hovering over his home.
Merideth said that his children were in the backyard when they noticed the drone. They came into the house and told him about it.
“This is not the first time it's happened,” he said. “So I went out and looked and the neighbors were out in their backyard by their pool, and they said, ‘Are you going to do anything about it?’ And I said, ‘Not unless it comes over my property,’ and I went back in and I got my shotgun and I waited.”
Merideth explained this morning on “Fox and Friends” that he shot down the drone to protect his property and his family’s right to privacy.
An FAA spokesperson said in a statement, “An unmanned aircraft hit by gunfire could crash, causing damage to persons or property on the ground or it could collide with other objects in the air.”
But Merideth said that the FAA also says that drones aren’t allowed to fly over buildings or people. He will appear before a judge in September.