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A Florida man accused of shooting down a law enforcement drone in July was indicted Wednesday as a convicted felon for possessing a firearm and destroying the plane.

According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) news release, 51-year-old Wendell Doyle Goni was formally charged after he allegedly shot a Lake County Sheriff’s Office drone out of the sky with a .22-caliber rifle. was accepted.


Goni tells deputy that drones were “annoying” him, releases Having said.

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On July 11, 2021, deputy to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary on a 10-acre property at Mount Dora, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando. According to the release, the deputies deployed a drone to aid in an outside search, only to have it destroyed by gunfire coming from a nearby residence.

After confronting Goni, he reportedly admitted to shooting down the drone, while stating that he was not legally allowed to own a gun as a convicted criminal.

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Goni has 29 prior felony convictions in the state, the release said.

If convicted on both counts, he faces up to 30 years in federal prison.

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