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November 21, 2017
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Drone shot down; man arrested (Photo)

WHITE CITY - On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, deputies arrested a Central Point man for shooting down a drone at a popular county recreation area. Christopher David Grindstaff, 33, turned himself in to deputies after hearing about the case online. He was lodged in jail on one count of criminal mischief in the first degree, a Class C felony.

On Tuesday, October 17, at 5:35 pm, the victim called to report his personal drone had been shot down while flying over the Hoover Ponds recreation area. The victim posted photos and video of the incident on Facebook. He later provided deputies with video and images taken by the drone as it was flying.

Grindstaff can be seen in the video standing next to his vehicle, a gray 1994 Isuzu Trooper. In another still photo, he appeared to be pointing a rifle toward the drone, just before the drone crashed to the ground. Deputies determined the involved weapon was a high-velocity air rifle using .177 caliber pellet ammunition. The value of the drone was estimated at more than $1000.

The case will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. It will also be sent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for review.

Case: 17-21982
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