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'Shooting' Turns Out To Be Golf Course Shooing Birds

An unusual 911 call had Riverside County sheriff's detectives investigating a report of a shooting on Gary Avenue in Palm Desert.

A dispatcher mistook a golf course's efforts to scare off birds seriously Monday in Palm Desert, prompting a massive response by sheriff's deputies who believed a possible shooting had occurred.

A man called 911 at 2:33 p.m. Monday from a home on Gary Avenue, but passed out before a dispatcher answered the phone, according to Corp. Courtney Donowho of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

"The golf course behind him fired a noise that sounds like a shotgun blast to scare off the ducks,'' Donowho said, adding that the dispatcher heard the noise and out of an abundance of caution notified deputies.

Investigators rushed to the scene, but sorted out the confusion within an hour, Donowho said.

Gary Avenue is near the Portola Country Club, which has a golf course.

Irene Neria September 26, 2011 at 10:51 PM
The poor man passed out?! Is he ok?
Tony Ballew September 27, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Do you think some lawyers have already contacted the man?
Tony Ballew September 28, 2011 at 05:23 PM
The first morning I lived at Palm Desert Greens I heard what sounded like a gunshot about 50 feet from my house. I heard it again the next morning..then realized it was the signal that it was OK to tee off...
MARK September 28, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Were they to cheap to buy Radio's? Come on Man! Nobody ever shoots a gun when i drink my morning TEA. Learn how to spell Tony!

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