Damage is damage no matter if it is the damage to life or someone's property damage. And there are also some rules and regulations and if anyone does something against the law. Authorities respond quickly.
Minnesota's man arrested in drone shooting:
In Minnesota a man named Travis Duane shot down the drone then the pilot reported a drone shooting case against him, and he faced criminal charges. According to Minnesota local news, the drone was flying over a meat-processing plant.
Due to this, the Watonwan County Sheriff's department charged Travis Daune Winter, who lived in the Butter field. The main reason for charging is shooting someone's personal property. Travis Daune charged with criminal damage to property and reckless discharge of a weapon within city limits.
The pilot wanted to capture the alleged slaughter of chicken by employees due to the possible COVID-19 infection. He said when he was flying his drone on the Butter field Foods (, which is famous for poultry distribution). The two workers came out of the factory and asked him why he was flying the drone. He told him the reason.
Winter got furious and shot down his $1900 drone with his shotgun. Later on, when he was taken to authorities, he admitted that he shot down the drone by a shotgun. This report grew as UAV commercials and as a result, recreational sales increased.
It wasn't the first time a man shot down a drone. In 2015 Kentucky man shot down a drone as it was flying over his property. Police also charged him but a local judge dismissed the charges later on. The court said that the drone was disturbing his privacy and security; it was his right to shoot down the drone.
What law says?
Shooting down a drone is a federal crime because drones are aircraft under federal law. It is also considered to be criminal and civil law.
But keep in mind that the drone is for only capturing purpose or normal purpose. If a drone carried a weapon and the shooter shot it down for defense purposes then it would be legal.
So always remember don't disturb the personal privacy of anyone and don't fly it on the house of anyone with some damaging approach.
What property owner says?
Drones are something other than craft
Individual own the airspace above their homes
There are no criminal or civil consequences for shooting down a drone.
And also in the US, the airspace above the home is part of the National Airspace system.