Kentucky man faces charges for shooting drone, says it’s about privacy

Drone file photo, AP image

HILLVIEW, Ky. – A Kentucky man has been charged for using a shotgun to take down a drone, NBC affiliate WAVE reports. William H. Merideth, 47, was arrested Sunday at his home.

Hillview police said they understand Merideth’s concern about his privacy but they are sticking with the charges of wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. A Hillview ordinance prohibits people from discharging a firearm within city limits, unless the action is in self-defense.

The trouble started Sunday evening when neighbors in the Kentucky town heard buzzing. Neighbor Cindy Diebold saw the drone. She said it looked like a camera was attached. “What in the world are they looking for?” she asked.

Merideth says he became concerned when the unmanned aircraft hovered over his fence while his two daughters were outside. “I wanted to see if it was going to stay there and it did and I reacted,” Merideth said. He got his 12-gauge shotgun and took out the drone. “It’s an invasion of privacy,” he added. “We were in our own yard. Had he been flying around and never stopped over my house, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

“We live in a society now where we don’t know what these people are doing,” Merideth said. “We don’t know if they are pedophiles looking for kids. We don’t know if they are thieves. We don’t know if it is ISIS.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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