Suspect arrested for shooting man after fight over drone in Ogden

Posted at 9:54 AM, Sep 05, 2023

OGDEN, Utah — A man was shot and killed Monday night after getting into a fight with another man over a drone in Ogden.

Police explained that at 10 p.m., officers responded to the area of 700 North Liberty on reports that someone had been shot.

When they arrived, police found the victim, a 31-year-old man who lived in the area, had been shot several times and died at the scene.

Brendon Michael Powell, 25, was taken into custody by police and booked into jail on one 1st-degree felony count of murder.

Powell spoke with police and told them he "heard some commotion coming from a vehicle," so he took out his drone to check it out. His drone hit a tree that was near the vehicle. He then went to retrieve his drone with a gun in his hand.

When he reached the area where his drone crashed, he saw a man holding the drone. The man then started to run away but then turned back around, facing Powell with the drone in one hand and his other hand in his pocket, Powell said. He claimed the man then "came towards him," according to the arrest report, and then he fired seven shots.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Powell said he did not know the man. His name has not been released.

Police said they obtained surveillance footage from Powell's home that captured the sound of the drone hitting a tree, then video of him leaving with his firearm, and then the sound of two men arguing before shots were fired.

Powell is being held without bail.