Kentucky Man Faces Felony Charges After Shooting Down Drone
07/29/2015 AT 10:20 PM EDT
According to a report from Kentucky news station WDRB, Merideth and other neighbors had spotted the drone in the air above their homes, and so Merideth grabbed his shotgun and took out the unmanned aircraft. It crashed in a field.
In an interview with WDRB, Merideth, 47, who has two daughters, said he felt the shooting was justified. "Was he looking at the girls? Was he looking for something to steal?" he said. "It's an invasion of privacy."
Shortly after, the owner of the drone arrived with friends. They were, displeased, Merideth said.
"They asked me, 'Are you the S-O-B that shot my drone?' and I said, 'Yes I am,' " Merideth told the news station. "I had my 40-millimeter Glock on me, and they started toward me and I told them, 'If you cross my sidewalk, there's gonna be another shooting.' "
On Sunday, police arrested Merideth on two felony charges: wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. The drone's owner, who told police the device cost $1,800, had the wreckage returned to him. Merideth, however, maintains that he was within his rights. In an interview with Ars Technica, he said the matter came down to issues of privacy and good manners.
"I would just like [the drone's owner] to get some education on his toy and learn to respect the rights of the people," Merideth said. "It's fine and dandy, and I think it's cool there's a camera on it, but just take it to a park or something. He's not a responsible drone owner."