Police Arrest Teen Gun-Firing Drone Maker

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According to the Associated Free Press, the teenager who built the infamous “flying gun” video (that we even posted here about) has been arrested and released on a $20,000 bond. The arrest is on unrelated charges to the drone.

Austin Haughwout was charged with assault and interfering with a police officer after being asked to turn himself in on an outstanding warranty. “Police said he refused to submit to arrest and that he kicked at two officers ‘repeatedly'”.

Assault with injury is typically considered a felony, which if convicted, would prohibit Austin from any future gun drones.

The video of the drone has crested 3 million views and on Tuesday July, July 21st, the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the footage for any violations. This story also made the ABC national news last week.

 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Outstanding warranty?
    So hes a factory defect?

    • Swarf

      Sounds like it, actually.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Kicks too hard.

    • Andrew

      I think that means he’s immortal, since an “outstanding warranty” guarantees free lifetime replacement, no questions asked.

  • BillC

    outstanding warranty?

    • RICH

      …. it makes one wonder how many miles the ‘warranty’ is good for….! Just sayin’ !

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    At first I thought the kid was being picked on but the more I read the more I think he is just a jackass.
    His father was also arrested for illegal weapons and fireworks.

    • gunsandrockets

      patchdotcom/connecticut/clinton/clinton-teen-records-exchange-police-0

      Sounds to me more like the typical police aversion to cameras.

      • Mad Marsupial

        The camera certainly shows that the cops aren’t the brightest guys in town. They can’t clearly show cause for attempting to detain this kid and then the ‘pursuit’ is a joke. The kid waits for 3 changes of the traffic signal for someone to do something, then moves on and he’s fleeing? Pah-leeze!!

        All those charges (stemming from the incident on video) are being dropped in 3…2…1

      • tt_ttf

        the video that was edited to delete the part where his friend clearly understood he was wanted?

        Seems to me that he knew he had an outstanding warrant they could arrest him for aside from anything else.

    • ostiariusalpha

      I’m not going to say the kid isn’t a cocky little bastard, but that’s not a crime. This is a pretty clear case of police harassment and abuse of power. If it turns out they assaulted him in the station, then that is a crime and those officers should be prosecuted.

      • RICH

        …… It most certiantly was a crime ! The kid isn’t old enough to own or possess a damn pistol. He needs to be ‘spanked’ as this incident could have turned out bad. On top of that the little a$$ decided that he wanted to resist arrest….. I can see a problem in respect and upbringing with this kid. He needs some type of counseling at least ! !

        • ostiariusalpha

          Sadly enough, having the police say that you “resisted arrest” and actually resisting arrest aren’t always the same thing. Police have a very difficult, and often thankless, job to do. Thankfully most act in an honest, professional manner despite that, but a significant minority don’t and are all too happy to abuse their authority whenever the mood strikes them. It’s been that way to varying degrees since law enforcement has even existed, it is just that now you can watch them do it from uploaded phone camera videos.

          • claymore

            HYPERBOLE much?

          • ostiariusalpha

            Do you mean the entire comment, or just one part? Don’t be shy about what you specifically object to in what I wrote; I’d like to think it was all rather defensible.

          • claymore

            Right sure you know there are approx. 800,000 currently serving LEOs and you find a few examples of bad behavior on youtube and that means there is a bunch is them doing harm just because they feel like it. Give me a break. Those officers make MILLIONS of contacts with the public daily with no problems and even help people but you never hear about that only hear about the tiny percent that misbehave because according to you they like too. NUTS just nuts.

          • ostiariusalpha

            I believe I mentioned that most officers do their jobs in a respectable manner; you can find any number of videos showing this. Now, if you’re implying that the misbehaving officers caught on video are the sum total of abuse going on, that is some truly hyperbolic naivete. It isn’t difficult to find instances of officers abusing their authority and getting mostly away with it in any jurisdiction if one cares to look, though this doesn’t justify the wholesale condemnation of law enforcement. Take the incident of Officer Casebolt and the out of hand pool party in Texas, for instance. The officer did not react in a very professional manner there, but he had also just come off the scene of a rather grisly suicide. The police are human and not every time at their best, especially when constantly going from one tense, potentially dangerous situation to another. Even so, the number of officers that abuse civilians just because they can number in the thousands, and their malign influence can reverberate on a community far beyond the mere ratio of good cops to bad cops. That is something that absolutely can not be ignored anymore.

          • claymore

            Right sure number in the thousands isn’t naive hypocritical hyperbole on your part. And name one that did anything “just because they can” simply more specious rhetoric on your part..

          • ostiariusalpha

            You want just one? I can make a list for you if you like.
            Anyways, how about something recent? Like Officers John Garcia and Gregory Rosa of the Houston Police Department convicted of falsifying traffic tickets along with Officer Robert Manzanales whose facing felony charges in the case. Why did they falsify the tickets? Greed, of course, but also just because they thought they could get away with it.

          • claymore

            right sure one out of millions.

          • pepe romo

            um… You asked him to “name one”.

          • claymore

            Right sure and he can read that persons mind and KNOW that he did it “Just because he wanted to””

          • F U Dis Qus etc

            Have to chime in. Look up why Frank Serpico was shot-in-the-head by members of his Own police precinct. (Hint: because he refused to be a dirty cop, making him the single only one who wasn’t dirty.) That was the 1970s .. before police militarization added yet another layer of paranoia and dehumanization to the LEO/”civilian” soup. An officer is being charged with murder right at the moment for blowing the head off someone in a traffic stop and then claiming the driver was ‘dragging him’. Body camera said differently. Oops. You’re going to see a LOT of that in the near future .. an unblinking additional witness filming every frame of the “They assaulted me/I had no choice but to shoot/We have no idea where the missing keys of coke went/etc LEO milieu.

          • tt_ttf

            dude – he is under 21 and had control of a handgun and had an outstanding warrant for an issue with the drone, that he now armed breaking 3 more laws

            This was not some cops taking it in hand, he has already clearly shown he is not the smartest guy around.

          • ostiariusalpha

            The warrant had nothing to do with the drone. It isn’t illegal for someone under the age of 21 to operate a pistol under the supervision of the owner on private property in Connecticut. The matter of the wisdom about filming your homebrewed pistol-copter and splashing it around YouTube (despite being advised not to) is not a legal concern.

          • Guido FL

            Is it against the law to “had control of a hand gun” ?

          • RICH

            CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THE ‘SIGNIFICANT MINORITY’ THAT YOU ARE REFERING TO ?

          • GreyGeek77

            It’s not a significant minority. There are approximately 750,000 LEO’s (with powers of arrest) in the U.S. and only about 500 each year are involved in cases of death of a person in their custody. Only the politically incorrect abuses receive national attention. In only about 20% of those cases are the LEO’s suspected of abuse and prosecuted.

            If there is a “significant number” it is the number of those arrested who attempt to provoke an officer or make unwarranted claims. Like the young woman who was arrested for DWI but was in possession of a stolen smartphone. While the officer turned his head to check on-coming traffic she put it in her bra. She would have gotten away with the theft if she hadn’t tried to fight the DWI charge by claiming the officer sexually assaulted her. A review of his body cam and the dashboard videos proved that the officer did not touch her but also showed her hiding the smartphone. After a matron retrieved it they discovered it was stolen.

          • ostiariusalpha

            The percentage of police misconduct involving murder is always pretty tiny compared to other kinds of abuse of authority, which are not irrelevant.

            A little graph here of prosecuted misconduct from 2010:

          • GreyGeek77

            That’s a fairly accurate graph of LEO misconduct over a FIVE year period. The avg appears to be between 500 – 1,000 per year. The worst case mode using that data would be 1 miscreant per 750 officers. That would make LEO’s more ethical and socially responsible than many if not most other professions, like lawyers, bankers or professional politicians like RINOs and Democrats/liberals/socialist/Marxist.

          • ostiariusalpha

            No, that just covers 2010, though you’ll get no argument from me about the morality of politicians. This graph covers 2009:

          • GreyGeek77

            Oh, I see where you got that graph. The Cato Report. Did you notice the 6,613 cases were ALIGATIONS

      • smartacus

        i agree. smarty pants tinkerers do tend to be cocky. They say Steve Jobs was a difficult man to work with.

        i doubt the kid was “above the law” type of cocky or “refusing to obey instruction” otherwise he would have shrugged them off and simply never bothered going downtown in the first place.

        As far as the ones who got assaulted; everyone tries to avoid getting assaulted because everyone dislikes physical pain to themselves. But there are a few men out there, who don’t mind it. The kind whose brainscans are similar to perpetual victim women. You know the kind who always just happen to find boyfriends that always need restraining orders. And seem to never cognitively learn from past negative experiences.

      • Some name Dis qus won’t delete

        Exactly this ^. The system would like to squash down on him, and I think I see Obama’s IRS next in line just over the hill, but the cat is already out of the armed ‘civilian’ drone bag. Crapping on the kid will only make him a manner of martyr for the ‘millennials’, and possibly make him a bonafide volcano-having supervillian, lol.

        Friggin sharks, with laser beams..

  • Geo

    USA Gov’t flies these all the time. Drones they call them.

    • RICH

      No fooling……. !

    • Rock or Something

      Silly. Laws are for the people, not the lawmakers…

  • Mystick

    It’s hard to find kids nowadays with outstanding warranties… normally it’s one of those 30-day “repair or replacement – no refund(you pay all shipping)” things with a mile-long EULA in legalese that you have to agree to before you can read it in its entirety and if you have a problem with it, you have to go to Delaware to file a complaint with an “independent” arbiter on retainer by the very people you have a complaint against.

    It’s just not worth it… plus, they’re all made in China, so there’s a quality issue to begin with.

    • Eddie_Baby

      It’s buyer beware for all kids.

    • PT McCain

      With each three of our kids, they were so cute for the first 90 days we didn’t bother to return them. Bummer. 😉

  • Grindstone50k

    “The arrest is on unrelated charges to the drone.”
    And this warranted an article because…?

    • noob

      Do you know why Alphonse “Scarface” Capone (who killed 33 people in his time as a crime boss and organised the Valentines Day Massacre) went to jail? In 1931 they got him on Tax Evasion.

      • jeff k

        lol that and racketeering is what they always get em on

  • SP mclaughlin

    Even though it doesn’t look more than 5 feet off the ground, I hope he’s charged by the FAA for dropping (lead) from an aircraft.

    • Southpaw89

      It’s actually not illegal to drop objects from aircraft provided there is no risk to persons or animals, and as much as the FAA likes to pretend they do, they have no legal authority over remote control aircraft. The latter however may change, and several states are already implementing laws against mounting weapons to RC aircraft.

      • RICH

        There is FAA law re: drones or however (?) they’re classified by the FAA. They can’t be in any flight paths within a certain proximity to an airport and they must stay below four or five hundred feet…. I don’t recall the exact height they can fly at…….

        • Budogunner

          The problem with that is nobody has clearly defined what a drone is. And the restrictions you speak of already existed for all RC aircraft, not just drones.

          Nobody had it in their charter to regulate drones. Suppose he built an autonomous rover instead. Who gets jurisdiction then? The DMV?

          Law is always several steps behind technology. Right now, this is all a hazy mess.

      • smartacus

        exactly right. Even FCC has more authority over RC planes than FAA.

    • tt_ttf

      Whilst there are laws in the US about armed civilian a/c and you can argue all day whether FAA has jurisdiction (don’t like your chances of winning that with the R/C model a/c precedents) in the end it does not matter

      He was under 21 in possession/control of a handgun – that is a felony enough to arrest him right there aside from the problems he got himself into with the drone previously

  • RICH

    Where can you get replacement parts for your kids when they wear out ? ? Actually after 8 back surgeries does anyone know where I can get a new or even a ‘rebuilt’ back ? ? ? ! !

  • John

    It was just a matter of time……

  • smartacus

    meanwhile repeatedly deported murderers and rapists are ORDERED freed from prison.

    • wzrd1

      If they’re deported, they’re no longer in the US, so you’d prefer pissing away our tax dollars supporting them in our prisons forever?

      • smartacus

        i agree with your definition of DEPORTED.
        Deported means they’re no longer in the US
        Repeatedly Deported means they’re repeatedly no longer in the US
        It’s not like they return and commit more crimes or anything. uh huh.

        i stand corrected, instead of saving tax money by not processing teen gun/drone builders into the criminal justice system; our new motto should be “prison is not for murderers”

        -That’s like saying Lions are vegan because they only eat meat.

        • wzrd1

          My bad for missing the word repeatedly.
          Now, now many of those murderers and rapists are returning to this nation to commit the same crimes, mister trump?
          The fact is, very few do. The overwhelming majority come here to find work.
          As for the alleged release of felons from prison, I’m unaware of any convicted felons released from prison before their sentence is served and they are deported.
          Would you be kind enough to provide a link to such an event?

          As for your rant, if we can’t address one minor problem, we stop enforcing all laws? He was arrested for a motor vehicle crime, which was unrelated to his flying menace.*

          *I’d not be a menace if he could properly aim the thing and have it remain stable and on target when firing.

          • smartacus

            oh i see, you replied just to say somebody’s not doing the raping.

            Yes i agree people who commit traffic infractions should all be arrested. That is the key to ending crime in the USA.

  • Aaron E

    As for “ostiariusalpha” claiming this is “a pretty clear case of police harassment”, and “If it turns out they assaulted him in the station, then that is a crime and those officers should be prosecuted.”

    From the lcoal CBS affiliate:

    “police say they asked 18-year-old Austin Haughwout to come to the police station to be arrested on Wednesday (on an unrelated motor vehicle charge). When he arrived, police say he refused to obey an officer’s instructions, and then tried to leave.”
    “The officer reportedly tried to restrain him, and a fight started. Police say Haughwout hit and kicked officers, who suffered minor injuries.”

    The officers suffered injuries, but they need to be prosecuted “ostiariusalpha”?! He had a warrant for his arrest! Apparently he thinks he’s above the law.

    “The teen later had difficulty breathing, and was taken to Middlesex Memorial Shoreline Clinic, where he was treated and sent back to the police station.”
    If that is what you’re basing your ridiculous “officers should be prosecuted” claim on, that is “a pretty clear case of jail-itis” – treated and released back to jail – i.e. nothing serious,and likely faked.

  • jeff k

    how is this any different than hunting pigs out of a helicopter? they do it all the time in texas only they dont fire pistols they fire .556 rand higher rifles and thats not illegal

    • Ethan

      BUT, BUT, BUT – DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN!!

    • tt_ttf

      human on trigger, not attached to the a/c and lastly a human legally in possession of the firearm.

      • jeff k

        That’s just silly nothing you just said has a law that supports it anywhere on any book anywhere

    • The Brigadier

      Its done over private property. If you do it over public land without the permission from the Governor’s Office you will be arrested by TX DPS (The Rangers are a special department of DPS) and if it is egregious enough, you might just be surrounded by two Texas Rangers. One’s enough to stop a riot, but two can stop a battalion or a crazed 18 year old with a lethal drone. By the way, Obama has in the works for contracts for 30,000 government drones by 2020. Who do we arrest for those?

  • tt_ttf

    The juvenile who published video evidence of his felony possession of a handgun?
    That alone would give the offices more than a little reason for pause handling him

    • ostiariusalpha

      The Clinton Police have already admitted that nothing in that video was illegal. Whether it was ill advised is an entirely separate matter.

    • AlDeLarge

      I don’t know about his state’s laws, but it’s not a federal felony for an 18 year-old to posses a handgun. It’s illegal for someone under 21 to buy one, but not posses one. Honorably discharged veterans under 21 can get a CHL in Texas.

      Even if it’s a state felony the video proves nothing. There’s no way of knowing who is or isn’t there off-camera.

  • ostiariusalpha

    It is his father’s, and his father is not a felon. The charges relating to the arrest for the possession of the Mini-14 and fireworks seem to have been dropped for some time now. The police in Clinton seem to have an ugly hard-on against this family, they’ve been harassing them for awhile.

  • The Brigadier

    Eighteen is not a juvenile. Anyone eighteen or older can be prosecuted as an adult. He can’t vote or enter into in an contract unless he claims independence, but he can be prosecuted as an adult. Criminal law is different than contract law.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Criminal law uses Minor/Major as the technical term of distinction, juvenile is more vaguely defined. Still, I was using it in the colloquial sense of someone viewed as immature. Also, the age of majority in the states of Alabama and Nebraska is 19, and it is 21 in Mississippi and Puerto Rico. Not applicable in Connecticut, of course, but it never hurts to be aware of the exceptions.

  • GreyGeek77

    Your own link points out that the kid is an HONOR STUDENT and science geek. It also makes it very clear that the science teacher thought his shock device was “cool”. It was the annally retentive school administrator using “zero tolerance” board policy, which usually means using zero brains and attacking students or parents for political reasons. The father is an account, not drug addicted felon. The school dropped their actions against the boy after the parents sued them and they realized that their actions would be seen for what they were – politically motivated abuse of their “school board policies”. So they encouraged the police to go on an fishing expedition, an illegal violation of the 4th amendment in which the items being searched for are not listed in the warrant. The charges stemming from that will get thrown out, but the lawsuit against the police for violating Constitutionally protected rights won’t be. The good citizens of that town probably thought that a “zero tolerance” policy would make their children safer, but it will only make their lack of common sense more expensive because they’ll be paying higher taxes to pay for the awards. Zero tolerance policies at schools are as effective in protecting children as “No Gun” signs are. 71% of those killed in all the mass shootings over the years (27) died in “No Gun” zones.

  • Guido FL

    Police or police state ? Seems the blacks are right about overly aggressive police officers !

    • Don_R_P

      Sure Guido, and I suppose that you also agree that only black lives matter?
      OK, they don’t say it that way, but when one of the democrats running for president said ” black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter” he ended up apologizing for saying anything other than “black lives matter”. But just remember, black lives only matter if they are killed by a cop or a white guy. Otherwise there wuld be outrage for all of the blacks being killed in Chicago, among other places, by other blacks.

  • Donald Darr

    Not that I condone what he did but it seems the government doesn’t want competition in the manufacturing of “Armed Drones”. The first picture is the FAA patch so what was their involvement in his arrest? This kid is not the first one to combine weapons with radio control. I remember awhile back when a .22 rifle (Ruger?) was placed on a R/C car and look where that ended up, the military/police have R/C rovers with automatic weapons on them. Another time, somebody rigged an R/C plane to drop fireworks. As long as we’re good with our hands and want to experiment, things like this will be created.

  • OldOldLawyer

    Don’t like to bad mouth my pro-gun brothers, but what was the warrant for? This is a national news story and the cause for the warrant is critical to the story…all that was reported here is that some jerk kid refused to be arrested. If he is being arrested on parking tickets, then we must wonder why he would fight cops…if he was being arrested for dealing in meth, then it really matters. Cops don’t arrest kids for playing in the park. So, is this kid being harrassed by the cops because he is putting guns on drones, or is he a true risk that should not have guns at all….just a suggestion…..get some facts before pinning an article..again just being constructive…

  • OldOldLawyer

    In my lifetime I have worked in military, federal, state, and local law enforcement and later as a prosecutor for 6 years….over those 4 decades I have arrested and prosecuted many bad guys, some were jerks and some were just bad guys…..jerks tend to become bad guys as they grow older…my comment is when a cop tells you to show your hands, step out of a car. put down your cell phone (because you are going to be cuffed-or whatever), or turn around and face the car, or put up your hands, or step this way or step that way AND YOU REFUSE, that is a universal sign you are going to fight…any cop with good training is going to move quickly as delay only makes the problem worse, always…once you signal you are not going to comply the law presumes reasonable force may be used.. that said, you can almost always tase a person who refuses to comply….cops seldom use tasers..so they must be showing restraint…..the kid is a jerk and should be prosecuted for resisting….just my 2 cents..cops need to have time to track down child molesters and illegal aliens who are the biggest threat on American streets today…so this guy being a jerk is taking cops away from more important stuff……I dont see any evidence he is being harrassed…let him spend a few nights in jail for therapy…. IMHO

  • floppyscience

    “The arrest is on unrelated charges to the drone.

    Austin Haughwout was charged with assault and interfering with a police officer after being asked to turn himself in on an outstanding [warrant]”

    What was he originally being arrested for? What was the outstanding warrant? Why isn’t that included in the charges?

    Sounds like they went to arrest him on BS, hoping he would resist, as that’s all he’s apparently being charged for.

  • Nobody

    I wonder if these charges came to the surface in light of the drone video.

    “Do the officers have any evidence of his assaulting them?”
    “An officer’s testimony is evidence in a court of law.”
    “Does the defendant have any evidence to his innocence?”

    “The defendant must provide material evidence, such as a video recording.”

    The FAA is looking for violations. Great; so are they trying to say that anything which lifts clear of the ground falls under their jurisdiction, and cannot contain a firearm without proper processing? If successful, how would that affect so many pilots who fly just to get around in Alaska, for example?

    It’s like when a politician gripes that someone can’t be arrested for a YouTube video because we “have this thing called the First Amendment,” but then somehow charges are laid against him and the guy gets to spend some tie behind bars.

  • Don_R_P

    I have two questions:
    (1) exactly why this article a news article on this website?
    (2) why is there an FAA seal immediately after the headline?

    OK, an 18 year old attached a pistol to a drone… WITH the ability to fire it. THAT could be considered firearms news. The problem is that he wasn’t arrested for anything related to the drone and the article even states that. Was it a slow news day? If the CEO of a major gun manufacturer is arrested for something completely unrelated to the firearms industry, is that going to be discussed here too?

    “…… It most certiantly (SIC) was a crime ! The kid isn’t old enough to own or possess a damn pistol.”

    Rich… No, the kid was NOT in violation of illegally being in possession of a pistol. His father was with him and his father was supervising. If he was illegally in possession, they would have arrested him or at least fined him. The local authorities let him go and said they know of no laws that he was in violation of.

    “dude – he is under 21 and had control of a handgun and had an outstanding warrant for an issue with the drone, that he now armed breaking 3 more laws.”

    tt_ttf… Dude!, like see my response above to Rich above, OK Dude? Can you also show me some reputable source that says the outstanding warrant was related to the drone?

    “So who was supervising him and where did he get the gun? His dad sure as hell does not qualify – he is a felon who got busted.”

    The law says that he has to be under parental supervision and it’s OK. If the parent isn’t legally allowed to be in possession of a firearm, that’s not the kid’s fault. The parent is responsible for the kid. The kid isn’t responsible for the parent. I haven’t read anywhere that the parent was not legally allowed to possess a firearm. Do you have a source?

  • Jamie Clemons

    They didn’t like his video so they set him up.

  • ghost

    By the time you figure out the kid is worthless, the warranty has run out.

  • smartacus

    hahaha! Thanks for the LOL 😀

  • AD_Rtr_OS

    He should sell his drones to that guy who was arrested for shooting down a “peeping drone” with a shotgun. We could have aerial drone combat over back-yards, dawn and dusk patrols as over the trenches of The Great War.
    Who say’s we’ve advanced?