The Suffolk County Police Department said in a news release Sunday that 26-year-old Gerard Chasteen is facing charges of third-degree criminal mischief and prohibited use of a weapon after firing at the drone from his yard.
The incident took place around 4:45 p.m. after members of Missing Angels-Long Island, an organization that searches for missing pets, were using a Mavic 2 Zoom drone to search for a missing dog.
The volunteer members lost contact with the drone, whicht retails over $1,300, and GPS placed it above Chasteen’s home in Saint James, according to police.
Investigators determined the 26-year-old fired three shotgun shells into the air that struck the drone.
“Multiple shotguns were confiscated from the residence,” police said.
Chasteen was issued a ticket to appear in court at a later date.