Police: Man shot down pet-seeking drone with shotgun

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Suffolk police say a man is facing charges for shooting a drone out of the sky with a shotgun Saturday in St. James.

They say members of Missing Angels-Long Island, a group that seeks missing pets, were using a Mavic 2 Zoom drone to look for a lost dog. The drone became unresponsive shortly before 5 p.m.

The group used the drone's GPS to determine that it was last above a home on Rutherford Street in St. James.

Police say an investigation determined that a resident of the home, 26-year-old Gerard Chasteen, had fired three shotgun shots into the air from his yard, taking out the drone.

Suffolk police say multiple shotguns were confiscated from the home.

Chasteen is charged with criminal mischief and prohibited use of a weapon. He was issued a field appearance ticket.

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