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Louisiana Woman Arrested After Shooting At Mosquito Control Airplane

She Said She Thought She Was Shooting At A Drone

A woman in Monroe, LA has been arrested after admitting to firing three shots at an airplane that was conducting mosquito abatement flight near her home. But she justified the act by saying she thought the aircraft was a drone, rather than a manned aircraft.

Television station KLFY reports that Stacy Nguyen Rogers, 40, was arrested and charged with illegal use of a weapon. She was released after paying a $500 bond.

According to the arrest report, Rogers said the "drone" was flying over her property on Wednesday of last week, and she shot at it three times with a pistol in an attempt to bring it down. A witness captured video of the incident on a cell phone, which showed the aircraft was actually a manned airplane.

On the video, Rogers can be heard saying "he's coming back to taunt us," and then talking about shooting at the aircraft.

Laura Mcgowan, Spokesperson for Clarke Environmental Mosquito Control, which is the contractor that conducts the flights, said that the crew was not aware they were being fired on during the flight, and were informed about the incident after landing.

Mosquito control aircraft often fly at altitudes of around 300 feet. According to the Mosquito Abatement District, residents of Ouachita Parish were notified multiple times that the flights would be taking place.

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