Texas man shoots at Frisbee golfer, barricades himself in home because disc lands in his yard
A Texas man was charged with assault this week after he opened fire at a teen who was trying to retrieve a Frisbee disc that landed in his yard.
City spokesperson Sara Higgins told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that the 19 year old had been playing Frisbee golf on Tuesday when the disc accidentally flew into the yard of 43-year-old Buddy Myers.
The teen reportedly knocked on the man’s front door, but no one answered. He then tried to peer over the backyard fence. That’s when Myers allegedly exited the home with a pistol, and fired a shot in the direction of the teen.
When Midland police arrived on the scene at around 10 a.m., they found Myers barricaded in his home. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
City officials said that the teen had a legal right to retrieve his Frisbee from Meyers’ yard.
“They weren’t trying to go into the backyard to do any harm, they were trying to retrieve their own property,” Higgins explained to KMID. “Again, we wouldn’t advise to do that, and to take matters into your own hands. But what they did, did not warrant getting shot at.”
Neighbors told KOSA that Meyers had hated the Frisbee golfers playing in a park behind his home.
“The park’s really booming back there but Buddy didn’t like the Frisbees flying in his back yard,” neighbor Steve Conley noted. “So it was obvious that he was hot about it.”
Conley added that he was “[n]ot really surprised at Buddy but we’re surprised that he took a shot at a kid whose Frisbee accidentally went into his back yard. That’s a little over the top.”
Watch the video below from KMID, broadcast Sept. 9, 2014.