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Police: Nevada man shot golfer after ball hit home

Published September 8, 2012 6:59 pm

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Reno, Nev. • A man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and wounding a golfer after an errant ball broke a window at his home.

Jeff Fleming, 53, is accused of firing at a pair of golfers at the 16th hole on Thursday, striking the one who hit the home in Reno. The golfer was treated for minor injuries to an arm and both legs.

The suspect's neighbors told investigators that it was a "common, everyday deal" for stray golf balls to hit their homes, police Lt. Keith Brown said.

"The neighbors were shaking their heads, and we were shaking our heads, and no one could put rhyme or reason to this [shooting]. It's crazy," Brown told The Associated Press. "I've been an officer for 25 years, and if you're here long enough, I guess you've seen everything."

The area around the 16th hole at the Lakeridge Golf Course was evacuated after the shooting, police said. Fleming drove to a Reno attorney's office, where he surrendered without incident.

The lawyer, Larry Dunn, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Friday.