A Florida man charged with shooting down a law enforcement drone in July was charged on Wednesday with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and plane destruction.
Wendell Doyle Goney, 51, has been formally charged after allegedly admitting to shooting a drone from the sky at a Lake County Sheriff’s Office with a .22 caliber rifle, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ ).
Goney told MPs the drones “harassed” him, the statement said.
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On July 11, 2021, deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary on a 10-acre property in Mount Dora, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando. The deputies deployed a drone to help with an outdoor search, but destroyed it with fire from a nearby residence, the statement said.
After MPs confronted Goney, he allegedly admitted to shooting down the drone, while adding that he was not legally allowed to own a gun as a convicted felon.
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Goney has 29 previous felony convictions in the state, the statement said.
He faces up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted on both counts.
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General’s Office and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.