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KY Man Arrested For Shooting Down $1800 Drone Hovering Over Sunbathing Daughter

July 30, 2015

William H. Merideth, 47, of Bullitt County Kentucky shot a $1800 drone out of the sky above his property when he noticed it hovering over his sunbathing daughter.

“I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property…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.” said Merideth.


The owner of the drone claims that he was only trying to take pictures of his friend’s house. After the shooting, 4 men came to confront Merideth over the incident.

At that point Merideth, who was carrying a 40mm Glock said “If you cross my sidewalk, there’s gonna be another shooting.”

Meredith was then arrested by authorities and charged with wanton endangerment first degree and criminal mischief.

He had this to say about the incident to a local TV station: “Our rights are being trampled daily, not on a local level only — but on a state and federal level. We need to have some laws in place to handle these kind of things.” 


From the Washington Times:

A Kentucky man shot down an $1800 drone hovering over his sunbathing daughter and was then arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief and first degree wanton endangerment.

“My daughter comes in and says, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here flying,” William H. Merideth, 47, told a local Fox News affiliate reported Tuesday. The Bullitt County father shot at the drone, which crashed in a field near his yard Sunday night.

Read more at the Washington Times

Was Mr. Merideth within his rights to shoot down a drone over his property? Would you have reacted in a similar fashion? Tell us in the comments below!