While his daughter was outside sunbathing she had noticed a drone hovering over their property. She shooed it away and went in her home to tell her dad, William Merideth. He said that he wouldn’t do anything unless it was over his property again. And sure enough, there it came, hovering over his yard once again.
“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.”
Mr. Merideth said four men tried to confront him after the drone was shot out of the sky, but then changed their minds when they saw his personal firearms.
“I had my 40 mm [sic] 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 afterward.
Merideth was charged with first degree wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. All for protecting the privacy of his family. For shooting his gun in the air over his own property. He plans to fight these charges in court and he makes a very valid point about the whole situation.