Creator of "Flying Gun" drone arrested for kicking police officers
Last week, a video that was uploaded to YouTube from somewhere in the US showed a civilian grade drone equipped with a semi-automatic handgun that was being fired remotely. In response, Hopes&Fears asked the Federal Aviation Administration and several experts on gun laws to pontificate on whether this was legal.
Turns out, the person who made the video - an 18-year-old mechanical engineering student from Connecticut - was arrested yesterday. But his arrest had nothing to do with his invention.
Austin Haughwout was asked to turn himself in on an outstanding warrant for interfering with a police officer and failing to obey an officer's signal. When he didn't, police arrested him. According to police, Haughwout refused to submit to arrest and kicked and hit two police officers "repeatedly." He is being charged with two counts of assault and a single count of interfering with an officer for the incident last night.
Facts about Austin Haughwout:
Haughwout's gun-drone video wasn't the first of his to go viral. His confrontation with a woman he was allegedly filming with his video-equipped drone was recorded and went viral. The woman, Andrea Mears, was charged with third-degree assault before being granted probation.
The "Flying Gun" video has been seen about 28 million times.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the gun-drone incident.
Cover image: courtesy of Clinton police via Courant