Florida man allegedly shoots down law enforcement drone 'harassing' him

Goney has 29 prior felony convictions in the state, according to the DOJ.

A Florida man accused of shooting down a law enforcement drone in July was indicted Wednesday on charges of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and destruction of aircraft.

Wendell Doyle Goney, 51, was formally charged after he allegedly admitted to shooting a Lake County Sheriff’s Office drone out of the sky with a .22 caliber rifle, according to a news release from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Goney told deputies that drones had been "harassing" him, the release stated

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Wendell Doyle Goney. (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Wendell Doyle Goney. (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

On July 11, 2021, deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary on a 10-acre property in Mount Dora, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando. 

The deputies deployed a drone to assist with an outdoor search, only to have it destroyed by gunfire that came from a nearby residence, according to the release.

After deputies confronted Goney, he allegedly admitted to shooting down the drone, while adding that he was not legally allowed to possess a gun as a convicted felon. 

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Goney has 29 prior felony convictions in the state, the release stated. 

He faces up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted on both counts. 

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The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.