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Florida man kills son-in-law who jumped out of bushes during surprise visit

Sheriff says Richard Dennis won't face charges

GULF BREEZE, Fla. – A Florida man won't face charges after accidentally shooting and killing his son-in-law who had jumped out of the bushes during a surprise birthday visit, according to investigators.

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson said during a news conference that the shooting happened late Tuesday at the home of 61-year-old Richard Dennis.

Johnson said Christopher Bergan, 37, was married to Dennis' daughter and they had flown in from Norway to surprise him for his birthday.

Authorities said Bergan had banged on Dennis' door and jumped out when Dennis answered, prompting Dennis to fatally shoot him.

Dennis said he thought the banging noise was from another relative he had gotten into an argument with earlier in the day.
 


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