Dennis Fleming, the New Hampshire man who fired a warning shot at a burglar who was robbing his home, has had the felony gun charge against him dropped by the County Attorney’s office.
It looks like common sense and respect for the 2nd Amendment have won the day in the “Live Free or Die” state.
A statement has been officially released that the reckless conduct felony charge against Fleming will not be pursued by County Attorney Tom Velardi, and Fox News confirms that the case will not proceed against him.
Fleming had fired his .38 caliber revolver into the ground to foil a robbery in his own home, and was able to hold the suspect until police arrived. He was also arrested by police, however, for reckless conduct in the discharge of his weapon.
The County Attorney supported the initial decision on the scene to make an arrest, but after further consideration decided charges would have been unjust, writing in a press release that:
“My review of this situation was based on the circumstances under which a shot was fired and whether other citizens were placed or may have been placed in danger of serious bodily injury. The facts available at the scene on Saturday supported the charge of reckless felony conduct, but subsequent facts discovered since have led me to believe that such a charge under these circumstances would be unjust.”
The County Attorney also reminded New Hampshirites that all firearms owners are responsible for every round fired from their weapons, and he urged them not to become directly involved in the apprehension of criminals or suspects.
As for Fleming, the support he received in the media across the country was apparently not without impact. He has returned home and will no doubt be spending time with his fourteen grandchildren.