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don't come back another day.............................and you know what, I would have done the same. He makes a very valid statement in the last paragraph.

Kentucky man shoots down drone hovering over his backyard-
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.

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.

"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 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 yards and videotaping."

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

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

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."

© William H. MeridethThe men backed down, retreated to their car, and waited for the police to arrive.

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

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.

A measured approach?
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.

Here, Merideth, who operates a local trucking company, said that he had seen "two or three" different drones in his backyard previously over the last year and was disturbed by their presence. "What recourse do we have?" he asked.

The 43-year-old man claimed that law enforcement officials, including the county jailer, told him privately that they agreed with his actions. "The people that own the drones and the people that hate guns are the only ones that disagree with what I did," he said. "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. 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."

So what's next in this bizarre tale?

"We have a lawyer and there's a court date and then there's going to be a hearing," Merideth said. "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."

And what would Merideth like to tell this errant drone operator when he meets him again?

"I would just like [him] to get some education on his toy and learn to respect the rights of the people," he said. "It's fine and dandy, and I think it's cool there's a camera on it, but just take it to a park or something-he's not a responsible drone owner."

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ke...vering-over-his-backyard/ar-AAdGg2x?ocid=iehp
 
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The drone's owner, David Boggs, says the drone wasn't hovering low over anyone's property, showing flight tracking data to local media that indicates an altitude of more than 250 feet.

Hmm...80+ yard shot with #8? I should be so good.
 

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The drone's owner, David Boggs, says the drone wasn't hovering low over anyone's property, showing flight tracking data to local media that indicates an altitude of more than 250 feet.

Hmm...80+ yard shot with #8? I should be so good.
Me too and just about everyone else. Seems to me one side is "advertently" trying to cover his back end by skewing the truth......:whistle:
 

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If the drone shooter was a duck hunter then I expect he is proficient with the second and third shot and that may have been at less than 80 yards as the drone operator heard the scattergun boom.
Bringing a drone to earth may be moderately easy if a prop is slightly damaged or electronics affected....damage may be most from how it lands.

The drone operator may regret interviews, as "trying out" a device capable of harm to property and body in a neighborhood is poor decision-making...not to mention his needing buddies to attempt redress. I suppose no one blew into a tube????

Ultimately, wrist slaps with more regulation and requirements and restrictions will be coming for drone pilots.
That is often a good move for adults with toys.
Plus, one can't forget another "R"...Responsibility.
 

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They don't call it Guntucky for nothing.

Seriously, I would have shot it down as well. Saw this on national news and I think it said his daughter was in the back yard while all of this took place. Drone voyeurism, maybe?
 

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This whole domestic drone crap is just another BFO as far as I'm concerned: the FAA should impose FAR91 compliance at a minimum.
 

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Keep your big govt hands off my drone. In all seriousness. Drones have caused several problems in the past year. Interrupting fire fighters and almost hitting passenger planes. 80+ to pierce hide is a long shot. 200ish ft to knock out a paper thin prop? I'm going with plausible. Split the costs as they both had their heads deeply embedded in their butts.
 

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Keep your big govt hands off my drone. In all seriousness. Drones have caused several problems in the past year. Interrupting fire fighters and almost hitting passenger planes. 80+ to pierce hide is a long shot. 200ish ft to knock out a paper thin prop? I'm going with plausible. Split the costs as they both had their heads deeply embedded in their butts.
I disagree.....both aren't at fault. Don't fly it over property other than your own and there's zero chance it will get shot down. I dare someone to fly their drone over my yard. Regardless of what the police say....it will get shot down.
 

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Really? The hot head who shot a gun in city limits doesn't share any blame? That would be like me shooting a "trespasser" who took a short cut through my back yard. How much air space does one own? Sometimes the planes from the Lancaster airport fly awful close to the tree tops.
 

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Four drones were flown very close to aircraft over the last three days. Drones along with lasers shined into cockpits pose a real danger to the flying public.
 

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Shootem down! Shootem down! Lol it's a not even a question to think about for me, if it is over my property! Thing Is I would blow it to pieces The remains go to the fire and I never heard or saw anything! My property is posted so I would have to call the cops for some looney tune treaspassing on my property talking about a missing airplane? Think the guy may be nuts! Lmao pathetic people don't have enough brains to not invade someone's personal space! Just as pathetic as any judge who would rule in order of that person flying the darn thing!
 

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A drone flying a drone?
 

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Really? The hot head who shot a gun in city limits doesn't share any blame? That would be like me shooting a "trespasser" who took a short cut through my back yard. How much air space does one own? Sometimes the planes from the Lancaster airport fly awful close to the tree tops.
nowhere in the article did it say he was a hot head.....or even that he was inside city limits. Even if both were true it's completely understandable why he would shoot the drone down. Has nothing to do with owning air space......has more to do with privacy and drone operators using good judgement and common sense. Like I say....if that drone was hovering over a park or other public place it would've never been shot down. Hover it over a yard and all bets are off.
 

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nowhere in the article did it say he was a hot head.....or even that he was inside city limits. Even if both were true it's completely understandable why he would shoot the drone down. Has nothing to do with owning air space......has more to do with privacy and drone operators using good judgement and common sense. Like I say....if that drone was hovering over a park or other public place it would've never been shot down. Hover it over a yard and all bets are off.
From NPR
"Sunday afternoon, the kids - my girls - were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard," Meredith tells local TV news station WDRB. "And they come in and said, 'Dad, there's a drone out here, flying over everybody's yard.'"

Meredith grabbed his shotgun and went out to watch the drone, which he says was hovering over a neighbor's property.

"Within a minute or so, here it came," he said. "It was hovering overtop of my property, and I shot it out of the sky."

To me, grabbing a gun and waiting for it to pass over your property is the definition of a hot head. Doesn't really sound like invasion of privacy either.

From The Christian Science Monitor
"Meredith was arrested under a local ordinance that bans the use of firearms within city limits"
 

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how do you know that guy wasn't casing the neighborhood looking for stuff to steal or trying to peep into windows? Either way it's completely the drone operator's fault he no longer has a drone and if one flies over my yard there will be 2 people needing to buy new drones. In today's world you can't assume people have good intentions. There is absolutely zero reason for someone to be flying over my yard with a camera and I'm betting you would think the exact same thing if one started buzzing around your house. Doesn't matter really....with drone operators out there like this one, people crashing into buildings, and the guys dropping drugs into prison they will be outlawed soon enough and it'll be illegal to fly them without a license anyhow.
 
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