Man shoots lifelong friend who came at him with pitchfork, Volusia deputies say

‘He’s been my friend since second grade,’ gunman tells 911 dispatcher


ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Volusia County deputies are investigating the fatal shooting of a man whose friend said he opened fire on him because the victim came at him with a pitchfork, according to a report.

Records show the shooting took place Friday night in the 1100 block of Avenue 1 on property where both men lived in separate homes.

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The 34-year-old accused of shooting the victim called 911 moments after he fired the gun, according to deputies.

“My roommate attacked me with a pitchfork and I had to shoot him. I don’t know if he’s going to survive. It just happened about 30 seconds ago,” the man can be heard telling a dispatcher in a call to 911.

According to a news release from Volusia County deputies, the alleged shooter reported that he and his friend were outside the home when his friend pointed the pitchfork at him in a threatening manner. The shooter, who was armed with a handgun, told his friend to put down the pitchfork, and he did, according to deputies. But then the gunman said his friend advanced toward him aggressively, and he fired his gun at him, according to the release.

The man, a lifelong friend of the victim, told deputies he was in fear for his life and his wife’s, who was also home at the time of the shooting.

“He’s been my friend since second grade,” the gunman told the dispatcher while trying to render aid to the victim until EMTs arrived.

The victim died at the scene, according to deputies.

News 6 is not naming any of the parties involved as charges have not been filed in connection with the shooting at this time.

It’s unclear why the victim was carrying the pitchfork.

The shooting is still under investigation, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.