Man Accused of Shooting Down Law Enforcement Drone That Was ‘Harassing’ Him

A Florida man who is accused of shooting down a federal drone that was being used to search for a burglar has been indicted on charges of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and destruction of aircraft.

Wendell Doyle Goney was formally charged after admitting to authorities that he had used a .22 caliber rifle to shoot down the Lake County Sheriff’s Office drone, which he said was “harassing” him, according to a news release from the Department of Justice. 

The incident took place on July 11. Deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office were alerted to a burglary at a 10-acre business property. A law enforcement drone was deployed to assist with the outdoor search but it was soon shot down from the sky by Goney, who resides at a neighboring property, according to the release. 

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