Man arrested for shooting down a missing search drone


Suffolk County Police arrested a man for shooting a drone out of the sky in New York this weekend.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom was being used by members of Missing Angels-Long Island to look for a lost dog.

While on the mission, the team became aware the drone was unresponsive at approximately 4.45pm.

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The group then used the drone’s GPS to determine that the drone was last above Rutherford Street in St. James.

Following an investigation by Fourth Squad detectives, it was found a resident of a home on the street fired three shotgun shots into the air from his yard, striking the drone.

Multiple shotguns were confiscated from the residence and the man, 26, was charged with criminal mischief 3rd degree and prohibited use of a weapon.

He was issued a field appearance ticket and will be arraigned at a later date.

Tags : Counter-UAVDJISearch and Rescue
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