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A pair of golfers apparently teed off the wrong man after an errant golf ball triggered a shooting, police say.
The stray golf ball smashed the window of a home overlooking the Lakeridge Golf Course in Reno, Nev., Reuters reports. In retaliation, the home's owner grabbed a shotgun and confronted the golfers.
Then he opened fire.
Homeowner Jeff Fleming, 53, shot one of the golfers in the legs and arm. After the golf ball shooting, police evacuated the golf course and surrounded Fleming's house.
Fleming was arrested on suspicion of battery and assault with a deadly weapon. He posted bail and was released.
While it's not entirely clear what made Fleming mad enough to pull the trigger, he may have had reason to be upset over his broken window. In general, a person who hits a golf ball through another person's window can be held liable for damages, but that's not always the case when a home is located near a golf course.
Strange as it may seem, parties other than the clumsy golfer could potentially be forced to pay. Other responsible parties may include:
As for the errant golf ball shooting, the golfer who hit the ball didn't even realize he'd broken a window, and was searching for the ball when Jeff Fleming shot him, police told the Associated Press. Fleming is set to appear in court in October.
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