Pandemonium ensued over the drastic measures this Florida man took against a drone hovering over his home

Mike Kalasnik from Fort Mill, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Drones are quickly becoming more commonplace in the modern technological world.

There seems to be one flying nearby nearly everywhere you go now.

But pandemonium ensued over the drastic measures this Florida man took against a drone hovering over his home.

DroneUp partners with Walmart to deliver groceries to Americans

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), often called drones, have taken the world by storm in recent years. 

What started out as a tool for hobbyists, like photographers and flight enthusiasts, has quickly shifted to commercial use. 

Now, companies use drones for surveying, scientific studies, law enforcement, and even delivery.

DroneUp is on the frontlines of the drone delivery revolution as it “designs, builds, launches, and operates last-mile delivery solutions.” 

That means that they are working with local retailers to deliver goods to people within their immediate area. 

In the early years of their business, they struck a deal with Walmart to test delivery of groceries across the United States. 

Today, they’re delivering to over 4 million households from 34 different Walmart locations in six states — Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

But not everyone is ready for autonomous delivery in their neighborhood.

And this Florida man proved that there are major security concerns.

Florida police respond to report of Walmart drone being shot down

Dennis Winn, a resident of Lake County, FL, was arrested in June after he allegedly shot down a drone that was hovering over his home. 

Winn told police that he believed the drone was recording him and decided to take matters into his own hands. 

According to reports, the drone belonged to Walmart’s drone delivery service. 

“Police responded to a call at a Walmart parking lot on Wednesday when two representatives from Walmart’s drone delivery service called 911 with reports of their drones being shot down,” Local 13 News explained.

The representatives said that the drone was part of a promotional effort “demonstrating mock deliveries.” 

The drone managed to return to the Walmart, but it sustained nearly $2,500 in damage. 

Winn promptly admitted to the incident when he was taken into custody.

Now, the 72-year old-man faces criminal charges.

Man faces multiple charges including shooting at an aircraft

Winn told the police that he had multiple issues where drones were flying over his home and wasn’t sure where they were coming from or why they were there. 

But his story didn’t stop local law enforcement from charging him with the crime. 

Now, Winn faces three separate charges, and could face prison time. 

The man will face prosecution for shooting an aircraft, criminal mischief, and discharging a firearm on public or residential property. 

The Florida Sheriff’s Association shared the news on their social media pages.

“Florida man is behind bars after he shot a Walmart delivery drone, thinking it was watching him. . .” they wrote in the post. 

But not everyone agrees that the man should be charged for the crime. 

One user commented saying “corporations do not own the airspace over our homes.”

“Walmart has trespassed onto private property and did not seek permission from the homeowner to fly over,” they said.

“This man should be released, and Walmart needs to issue an apology,” they added.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.