A man has mistakenly killed his son-in-law during surprise visit prank played on him for his birthday.
Naija News understands that 61-year-old Richard Dennis opened fire on Christopher Bergan, 37, outside his house in Pensacola on Tuesday night (Oct.1) in what police described as a ‘horrible accident’.
Speaking on the incident, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson revealed that Bergan, who is married to Dennis’ daughter and has a son, and lives in Norway, arrived at a Florida airport on Tuesday evening and went straight to his father-in-law’s home.
Dennis, who had no idea of Bergan’s arrival reportedly heard someone banging on his backdoor at around 11.30pm. He turned on the porch light before Bergan leapt ‘out of the shadows’, making a growling sound as he emerged from a bush.
Unknown to him, it was his inlaw, Dennis fired one shot that struck Bergan in the chest, killing him instantly.
The sheriff said no charges were warranted in the shooting, adding that it ‘never should have happened’.
‘Anybody who is religious out there, you need to pray for this family,’ Johnson said.