drone-shootingSay you caught someone staring into your house through your window. Naturally this invasion of privacy will not sit well with you, so we can only imagine that must be what William Meredith felt when he spotted a drone flying over his house last weekend, which is why it led to Merideth getting out his shotgun and shooting it down from the sky.

Of course the drone owners weren’t too pleased about it and when they confronted Merideth, they were told to stand down or there would be another shooting, which ultimately led to Merideth being arrested for first degree criminal mischief. Unsurprisingly Meredith isn’t particularly apologetic about the situation and cites privacy as the reason he did what he did.

Speaking to WDRB, he was quoted as saying, “You know, when you’re in your own property, within a six-foot privacy fence, you have the expectation of privacy. 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.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of drones being a nuisance to others. Recently firefighters were forced to ground their helicopters and planes during a firefight due to drones getting in the way. This has led to a new bill being introduced in California in which firefighters are now legally allowed to ground drones should they determine it is getting in the way of rescue efforts.

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