Drone shot down Long Island, man is facing charges

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Drone shot down Long Island, man is facing charges.

Suffolk police say a man is facing charges for shooting a drone out of the sky with a shotgun Saturday in St. James.

They say members of Missing Angels-Long Island, a group that seeks missing pets, were using a Mavic 2 Zoom drone to look for a lost dog. The drone became unresponsive shortly before 5 p.m.

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The group used the drone’s GPS to determine that it was last above a home on Rutherford Street in St. James.

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Police say an investigation determined that a resident of the home, 26-year-old Gerard Chasteen, had fired three shotgun shots into the air from his yard, taking out the drone.

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Suffolk police say multiple shotguns were confiscated from the home.

Chasteen is charged with criminal mischief and prohibited use of a weapon. He was issued a field appearance ticket.

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