Man arrested for shooting down drone

Police on Long Island arrested a man who they say shot down a rescue group's drone.

It happed around 4:45 p.m. In Saint James on Saturday, February 23.  Suffolk County Police say 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 when the drone they were using became unresponsive.

The group used the drone’s GPS to determine the drone was last above 18 Rutherford St. in St. James.

Police detectives determined a resident of the home, Gerard Chasteen, fired three shotgun shots into the air from the yard of his home, striking the drone. Multiple shotguns were confiscated from the residence.

Chasteen, 26, was charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Prohibited Use of a Weapon. Chasteen was issued a Field Appearance Ticket and will be arraigned at a later date.