Father, son caught by surprise as drone shot out of sky
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Rutherford County man flying a new drone with his 7-year-old son was caught by surprise when someone shot it down.
Gary Sammons said he was flying the DJ I Phantom 4 Drone near his Rutherford County home last Saturday when the incident occurred.
Sammons said his son was watching the drone’s path on an iPad and asked him who people on the ground were.
As he moved the drone closer and hovered, that’s when someone at a neighbor’s home fired several shots.
CBS North Carolina’s sister station WKRN News 2 spoke with Bryon Brock, the owner of Vivid Aerial in Whites Creek where Sammons purchased the drone.
“When you watch someone point a gun, whether it’s on video or in front of you, it makes your subconscious mind think you are being shot at,” he said.
Despite its damaged propeller, Sammons was able to fly the drone safely back home.