Private drone shot out of sky in Morgan County

Published: Apr. 17, 2017 at 6:13 PM EDT
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On most evenings in Morgan County, Brad Jones would be outside of his home flying his drone and taking breathtaking shots of the sunsets; however, his hobby came to an abrupt end when the drone was shot out of the sky.

"I was hovering around 350 feet, taking pictures of the sunset, and when I heard the gun shot, it immediately started spiraling down over 357 feet to the ground," said Jones.

Over $3,000 fell from the sky after a .22 calliber bullet rendered the drone useless. Jones said the person who pulled the trigger is in for a rude awakening, if they are caught.

"I'm sure they don't know that it's a federal offense to shoot a drone out of the sky," said Jones.

The FAA said a drone is considered an aircraft, and shooting one down is a federal crime, even if it's over personal property.

Jones filed a police report and asked anyone with information on who shot down the drone to contact the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.