BY PHIL CUSTODIO
Clarkston News Editor
A 45-year-old Grand Blanc Township man was arraigned for felonious assault and reckless discharge of a firearm, Tuesday, for firing a shot during a fight at the Heather Highlands Golf Course, 11454 E. Holly Road, 4:02 p.m., Sept. 16.
Robert Alex Fleece, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapons and was employed as a cook at the golf course, confronted a group of customers over removal of empty beer cans from golf course property and possibly bringing their own alcohol onto the course, which was against the rules, according to police reports.
The argument escalated when the employee pulled a handgun from his waistband, pointed it at a 60-year-old Waterford Township man, then fired a shot into the ground. Several patrons attacked the employee, attempting to disarm him.
The Springfield Township Fire Department and paramedics from Star EMS treated the employee for his injuries and he was taken to Genesys Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and medical clearance.
He was then lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending issuance of criminal charges.
He was charged in 52-2 District Court with aggravated felonious assault and reckless firing of a weapon.
According to state law, a person can use deadly force “to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.”
“You have the right to protect yourself and your loved ones. Each individual has to determine if there’s a threat to life when pulling a gun – this situation involves the alleged stealing of cans,” said Sgt. Matthew Baldes, Springfield Township substation commander. “Pulling a weapon takes things to a whole new level.”
Investigation continues. Call Oakland County Sheriff’s Office with tips at 800-SPEAK-UP or 1-800-773-2587.
BY PHIL CUSTODIO