A New Jersey 32-year-old waiter allegedly shot down a neighbor’s remote controlled helicopter drone which was taking pictures of a nearby residence that was under construction.
The drone operator heard several shotgun blasts then suddenly lost control of his drone before realizing that his drone was the target of the gunfire.
Shortly thereafter the drone owner discovered his wreaked drone with numerous small holes in it.
Lowner Township Police proceeded to the home of Russell Percenti and spotted the shotgun used to bring down the ill fated drone. Percenti was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief. In addition to the charges, the shotgun was seized as evidence due to the alleged crime.
Needless to say, here at DroneVU studios we go to great lengths to ensure our drone operators are safe and one of the ways we do this is we alert neighbors prior to filming a homeowner’s house and we work with the local community to ensure all concerns are met.