Farmer accused of shooting down plane

July 21, 2008 4:44:30 PM PDT
A farmer in Fort Bend County has been arrested, accused of shooting down a model airplane flying near his property.Around 10am Friday, July 18, after a call about criminal mischief, Rosenberg police were dispatched to the corner of Klaukie and West Fair grounds where the Fort Bend Radio Control Club often meets. The victim told officers he was flying his model plane in the area and it flew on the edge of an area farmer's property.

The victim was attempting to land his model plane -- a Bob Violett Model King Cat remote control airplane with a wing span of 82 inches that costs approximately $12,000. While attempting to land the plane, it was shot and later became uncontrollable, resulting in the plane crashing.

Witnesses say they saw a man, later identified as David Lefler, 62, of Rosenberg, shoot at the plane with a slingshot. The victim and witness were able to describe the suspect shooting at the plane. They also described the vehicle -- a gray S-10 pickup -- the suspect drove away in after successfully shooting the plane. The officer went over to the neighboring property where the suspect was last seen. There he found the vehicle and a man matching the description provided.

Initially the suspect said he had nothing to do with the model plane's crashing. He was later identified by the victim and witness as the same person using a slingshot to disrupt the plane's flight.

Lefler was arrested for criminal mischief and taken to the Rosenberg Jail and later transferred to Fort Bend County Jail.

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