Florida man allegedly shoots down law enforcement drone ‘harassing’ him

A Florida man accused of capturing down a law enforcement drone in July was indicted Wednesday on costs of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and destruction of plane.

Wendell Doyle Goney, 51, was formally charged after he allegedly admitted to capturing a Lake County Sheriff’s Office drone out of the sky with a .22 caliber rifle, based on a information launch from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Goney advised deputies the drones had been “harassing” him, the discharge acknowledged. 

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Wendell Doyle Goney. (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Wendell Doyle Goney. (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

On July 11, 2021, deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a housebreaking on a 10-acre property in Mount Dora, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando. The deputies deployed a drone to help with an outside search, solely to have it destroyed by gunfire that got here from a close-by residence, based on the discharge.

After deputies confronted Goney, he allegedly admitted to capturing down the drone, whereas including that he was not legally allowed to own a gun as a convicted felon. 

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Goney has 29 prior felony convictions within the state, the discharge acknowledged. 

He faces as much as 30 years in federal jail if convicted on each counts. 

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The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. 



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