One Kentucky man finds himself in jail over his use of a shotgun to take down a drone flying above his daughter in his yard. This dad did what many others would have when he was told by his panicked daughter that a drone kept flying above her as she lay in the yard sunbathing – he shot it down. The drone operator claims he wasn’t using the drone to spy on the daughter, rather taking pictures of a near by house… Why wasn’t the drone near that house, instead of flying directly over the daughter sunbathing?
Dad Trying To Protect His Daughter From Predator Is Thrown In Jail. Should He Be Let Free?
Every father understands how this Kentucky man felt when he realized that some pervert was using a drone to spy on his sunbathing daughter. Because he was a skilled hunter, he took out his rifle and shot down the $1,800 flying camera.
Although this action seems pretty rational to us, especially since it was flying in his backyard, the police did not think so. Now 47-year-old William Merideth is behind bars. Do you think he deserves that punishment for trying to protect his daughter’s modesty?
“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.
After hearing the news directly from his daughter’s mouth, Merideth, who lives in Bullitt County, grabbed his firearm and rushed outside. He took a shot at the flying device and hit it. The thing crash landed in a field not far from his yard on Sunday night.
“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.”
Although Merideth thought the object was spying on his sunbathing daughter, the owner of the drone claims the homeowner was wrong. And pressed charges for property damage. The drone owner claims he was just taking photos of a neighboring house.
Merideth admits that four men tried to confront him after he shot down the drone. But then he showed them his personal firearm collection and they ran away.
“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,’ ” Merideth bragged to the station.
The gun-toting homeowner was arrested shortly after.
“There were some words exchanged there about my weapon, and I was open carry — it was completely legal,” he said, the station reported. “Long story short, after that, they took me to jail for wanton endangerment first degree and criminal mischief … because I fired the shotgun into the air.”
Now, Merideth is looking to take legal action in response to the arrest. He attests that he only fired at the drone because it was hovering over his home and was near his daughter.
“Our rights are being trampled daily,” he said, the station reported. “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.”
Although Merideth shot and destroyed someone’s personal property, he had a reason. And it seems like this case is just a big misunderstanding. Perhaps, he could buy the guy a new drone and they can all put the problem behind them.