Two Kentucky neighbors are dueling over who was at fault when one of them blasted the other's drone out of the sky — leading to an arrest and felony charges.
The shooter, William "Willie" Merideth, 47, told NBC News on Saturday that he was simply trying to keep his family safe when he used a shotgun on the drone July 26 in rural Bullitt County, south of Louisville.
While drone owner David Boggs, 40, claims he was not specifically flying it above Merideth's property, his neighbor says otherwise.
"I have a right as an American citizen to defend my property," Merideth said. "I think — no, I know — that I was completely justified in protecting my family."
Boggs said he confronted Meredith, whom he calls the "drone slayer," and told him to replace it. But the situation escalated when Meredith pulled a gun on him and his friends. Boggs said he then called police.
Meredith doesn't deny it: “They all started towards me. I informed them that I was armed and that I would defend my property."
Police arrived at Merideth’s home, and Boggs caught his arrest on video.
Merideth was charged with first-degree endangerment for shooting into the air and criminal mischief. His wife, Janet, posted a $2,500 bond, and Merideth is due in court in September.