Florida Resident Detained Following Incident with Walmart Delivery Drone

In a recent incident reported by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Florida, a 72-year-old man was apprehended for allegedly shooting down a Walmart delivery drone. The man, identified as Dennis Winn, is said to have targeted the drone which was conducting simulated deliveries in his neighborhood.

According to reports from Local 12 News, Winn took shots at the unmanned aircraft under the belief that it was spying on him. Consequently, he is facing charges of ‘shooting at an aircraft, criminal mischief with damage over $1,000, and discharging a firearm on public or residential property.’

A Florida man was arrested after he shot down a Walmart delivery drone in his neighborhood, according to officials.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call about a Walmart delivery drone being shot on Wednesday.

Responding deputies confirmed there was a bullet hole in the load that the drone was carrying.

Witnesses identified the shooter as Dennis Winn, 72. When speaking with deputies, Winn admitted to shooting at the drone once with a 9mm pistol, the sheriff’s office said.

Winn was arrested and charged with shooting at an aircraft, criminal mischief damage over $1,000, and discharging a firearm in public or residential property.

Despite being hit by a bullet, the drone managed to fly back safely to Walmart. However, an investigation revealed that the drone had incurred damages amounting to nearly $2,500.

As per WCTV, this incident comes in light of Walmart’s recent venture into drone deliveries. According to Forbes, the retail giant started offering this service in 2021 and currently provides it in Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

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