‘Florida Man’ is everyone’s favorite news and this story is no exception. This time, someone is going to jail for shooting down a $29,000 police drone for ‘harassing’ them.
From an AP report:
“Wendell Doyle Goney, 52, of Mount Dora, pleaded guilty Thursday in Ocala federal court to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, according to court records. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 18.
Lake County sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary at a 10-acre industrial property in July 2021 in Mount Dora, northwest of Orlando, according to a plea agreement.
As deputies used a $29,000 drone in the outdoor search, gunfire from a neighboring residential property caused it to crash into a metal roof and catch fire, prosecutors said.”
Officers found Goney with the .22-caliber rifle he used to shoot down the police drone.
A record check revealed that the suspect had 29 Florida felony convictions, with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence on the list.
Many have wondered, “do you have the right to shoot a drone hovering on top of your backyard or property?” and the answer is “no”.
While some might think they have a reasonable expectation of privacy and cannot be filmed or photographed from the air, the US Supreme Court has ruled otherwise multiple times – and no, you cannot claim self-defense.