Course Resident Charged in Fatal Shooting of Golfer

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011  |  Updated 11:25 AM CDT
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Course Resident Charged in Fatal Shooting of Golfer

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A resident of a Texas country club neighborhood is accused of fatally shooting a golfer who was approaching him to ask about the shooting of his dog, officials said Wednesday.

Robert McInchak, 53, of Denison, was free on $200,000 bond after he was booked on suspicion of murder in the Tuesday death of Shellman Lough Smith Jr., according to a statement from the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

Smith, 58, of Denison, was part of a golfing foursome at the Denison Country Club when his dog wandered into a nearby yard about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sheriff's Sgt. Rickey Wheeler said Wednesday.

The foursome heard a shot and saw the dog flee toward their carts and collapse. As Smith approached the shooter, a second shot was heard and Smith fell wounded in the chest, Wheeler said.

Deputies who were called found Smith in McInchak's back yard with McInchak standing on his patio about 25 yards away. Smith was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.

A .22-caliber rifle with scope was taken from the scene, and McInchak gave a statement to investigators, Wheeler said. An autopsy was planned on Smith's body.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian and was expected to survive, Wheeler said.

Wheeler said McInchak, a retired Air Force major, had no attorney as of Wednesday. McInchak's telephone number was not listed.

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