The law as it relates to drones flying over your property is somewhat unclear. Allegedly, Mr. Meredith, pictured in his mugshot, had no legal right to shoot down the drone that was hovering over his backyard.
Moral rights are a different story. White dad was protecting his family from an intrusion into their privacy. The drone operators could be perverts checking out his daughter or potential burglars, checking out his backyard for something to steal.
A father shot was arrested after shooting down an $1,800 drone that was hovering over his sunbathing daughter.
William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment.
The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend’s house, when Merideth shot at the device, sending it crashing into a field near his yard last weekend.
‘My daughter comes in and says, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here flying,’ ‘ he told WDRD.
‘I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property,’ ‘ Mr. Merideth said, noting that the drone briefly disappeared when his daughter waved it off.
‘Within a minute or so, here it came. It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky. I didn’t shoot across the road, I didn’t shoot across my neighbor’s fences, I shot directly into the air.’
Four men were about to confront him after the drone was shot out of the sky, but he says they soon changed their minds when they saw his personal firearms.
‘I had my Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, ‘If you cross my sidewalk, there’s gonna be another shooting,’ ‘ Mr. Merideth told the station.
The police arrested the homeowner soon afterwards.
Mr. Merideth said he is looking into what legal action he could take in response to the incident. He said he only fired his weapon because it was hovering over his home.
Merideth said he was disappointed with the police response.
‘They didn’t confiscate the drone. They gave the drone back to the individuals,’ he said.
‘They didn’t take the SIM card out of it…but we’ve got…five houses here that everyone saw it – they saw what happened, including the neighbors that were sitting in their patio when he flew down low enough to see under the patio.’
Good work, Mr. Meredith. Drone lives don’t matter.