Trainer and Tribune columnist arrested after allegedly shooting through wall
July 7, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake Tahoe police arrested South Shore personal trainer and Tahoe Daily Tribune health columnist Rhonda Beckham on suspicion of weapon and drug charges after she allegedly shot a hole through the wall of her Al Tahoe neighborhood condominium this weekend.
Police responded to Beckham’s home on the 700 block of Lakeview Avenue about 7:20 p.m. on July 4 after hearing a gunshot in the area, said Lt. David Stevenson.
Police discovered what appeared to be a bullet hole in the direction of Regan Beach and a “small amount” of a controlled substance at the residence, Stevenson said. He did not release the type of controlled substance seized Sunday.
The report does not give a suspected reason for the discharge of the gun and makes “no reference” to whether Beckham was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the arrest, Stevenson said.
On Tuesday, Beckham said she was not under the influence of any drug, other than alcohol, at the time of the incident.
She said she accidentally fired the .38 caliber handgun during after having “way too much to drink” during a small gathering at the her home.
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“I am so humiliated,” Beckham said. “I feel like such an idiot for even bringing it out in the first place.”
She said she kept the handgun in a safe for home protection and hasn’t fired it for 12 years. She blamed the discharge of the weapon on improper handling.
“This is why people shouldn’t have guns in their homes, because mistakes happen,” Beckham said.
The gun was seized by police. Beckham said she will no longer keep a firearm in her home because of the incident, which she described as “just stupid.”
Police arrested Beckham on suspicion of willful discharge of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, Stevenson said.
She was booked into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe Sunday. Beckham said she posted $15,000 bail about 8 p.m. on Monday.
She said she has yet to hire an attorney.o