Reno man gets probation for golf course shooting
A Reno man has been placed on probation and fined $1,000 for
shooting a golfer whose errant ball broke a bedroom window at his
Jeff Fleming, 53, was put on probation for up to five years in
Washoe County District Court. He had faced as much as 10 years in
prison and a $10,000 fine after he earlier pleaded guilty to a
felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon.
The unidentified golfer who struck Fleming’s house took a drop
and was attempting to play his next shot on the Lakeridge Golf
Course in September 2012 when Fleming fired a shotgun at him. The
golfer, who was playing with a friend, was treated at a hospital
for minor injuries to an arm and both legs.
Fleming’s attorney, Larry Dunn, said Friday his client was just
waking up when the stray golf ball shattered his bedroom window and
sprayed him with glass shards. Fleming shot at the golfer from some
50 yards away in an attempt to scare him, not injure him, Dunn
The ball ”came crashing through the bedroom window and it
startled him, and he thought he was being shot at,” Dunn told The
Associated Press. ”He anticipated the ball coming through might
have been intentional, and thought there was potential harm.
”There’s no question the single shot he fired was a warning or
to scare him. There was no intention to hit him,” he added.
Police said the golfer and his partner ran away after the shot
was fired, and it wasn’t until they were safe that the golfer
realized he had been hit. One or two shotgun pellets had to be
removed from his body at the hospital.
Fleming expressed remorse, telling the judge Thursday he was
shocked at his own behavior.
While his house is located along the golf course, Dunn said, it
was the first time it had been hit by a golf ball in the 10 years
he has lived there. The house is positioned away from the flight
path of golf balls, he said.
The area around the 16th hole was evacuated after the shooting.
Fleming drove to Dunn’s office, where he surrendered without
Fleming had no previous criminal record.
”He’s an outstanding citizen and it (shooting) is just an
aberration,” Dunn said.