A 65-year-old woman grabbed her shotgun and shot down a drone after she spotted it flying over her property in rural Virginia.
Jennifer Youngman had just returned from church on a Sunday morning. She was cleaning her shotguns on her porch when she heard the drone buzzing through the air.
“I go on minding my business, working on my .410 shotgun and the next thing I know I hear ‘bzzzzz,'” Youngman told Ars Technica. “This thing is going down through the field, and they’re buzzing like you would scaring the cows.”
Youngman suspected it was coming from two men who set up a table on a country road next to her home.
“I don’t know if they lost command or if they didn’t have good command, but the wind had picked up. It came over my airspace, 25 or 30 feet above my trees, and hovered for a second. I blasted it to smithereens,” she said.
The men, presumably either perturbed or angry, approached Youngman. She told them the police will be there shortly, and advised them to leave.
The men reportedly agreed to depart.
“They got in their fancy ostentatious car–I don’t know if it was a Range Rover or a Hummer–and left,” Youngman told Ars Technica.
Locals in the area believe that the two men could have been part of the paparazzi looking to snap a picture or video of famous actor Robert Duvall, according to the Fauquier Times, which was the first media outlet to report the incident.
In general, the laws surrounding aerial trespassing are still dubious.
The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office said no formal complains were filed.
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