Reno man gets probation for golf course shooting

December 15, 2013

Do you ever get nervous when hitting a shot with houses lining a hole? Well, this story won't make you feel any better the next time you're in that situation. reported on Saturday that a Reno man received five years probation for an incident in September 2012. His crime? Shooting a golfer who hit a stray ball through the window of his house.

The altercation occurred at the Lakeridge Golf Course. According to the report, Jeff Fleming was waking up when a ball came into his bedroom, sending shards of glass his way. Fleming responded by firing a shotgun at an unidentified golfer who had dropped and was about to hit another shot.

Fleming's lawyer, Larry Dunn, said his client was only trying to scare the golfer, who ran away with a friend. It wasn't until after the golfer stopped running that he realized he'd been hit in his arm and legs.

Dunn said despite the location of Fleming's house, it had never been hit by a ball. Fleming had no previous criminal record and had faced up to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon.