A homeowner in California successfully shot down an unmanned quadcopter that was flying over his property while recording video. Oh, and by the way, in terms of nice drones, I bought a Dragonlink last week, so far, it’s the the nicest one I ever tried. Anyway…
The homeowner, identified as Larry Breaux, believes the drone was a form of harassment from one of his neighbors due to a sign he has in his driveway.
He told INSIDE EDITION, “I get an anonymous phone call on my answering machine, ‘Hey, get rid of your eyesore sign or you won’t have any privacy.'”
Larry has a sign on his property to promote a Kickstarter crowdsourcing campaign he is running to start an organic lemon farm on his property.
This is where the story gets interesting. The following is a screenshot from the Inside Edition video showing the alleged drone.
The model in question is a Syma X5C-1, a cheap Chinese quadcopter which has a low resolution onboard camera and a range of around 100 meters. Many people have pointed out that the video is of a much higher quality than what that aircraft is capable of. This has some commenters and message board drone enthusiasts raising some issues with the story.
Also, the damaged quadcopter seems to show a shotgun blast to the backside of the aircraft. You can see the backside of the camera where the memory card is inserted in the below screenshot. This doesn’t seem to line up with the video Larry produced, which seems to show the cameras lens being cracked by the shotgun blast.
Even the Inside Edition interviewer asks Larry several questions about his story and even flat out asks him if he shot down his own drone after finding drone footage of Larry’s property on his Kickstarter page.
Larry says he has not contacted police and right now we only have his story.
Source: INSIDE EDITION