Florida Man ‘Harassed’ by Police Drone Could Get 10 Years In Federal Prison

photo of a drone

‘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. 

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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.

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*Image by Thomas Ehrhardt on Pixabay

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