For Immediate Release
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Incident: Man Arrested for Shooting Drone Out of Air
Location: 18 Rutherford St., Saint James
Date/Time: Saturday, February 23, 2019 at approximately 4:45

Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for shooting a drone out of the air in Saint James yesterday.


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 at approximately 4:45 p.m. The group used the drone’s GPS to determine the drone was last above 18 Rutherford St. in St. James.


Following an investigation by Fourth Squad detectives, it was 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.


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Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 19-121283
Suffolk County Police Department

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