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Birthday surprise turns fatal as man shoots son-in-law dead

A Florida man, Richard Dennis, shot dead his son-in-law, Christopher Bergan, 37, who had knocked on his door at 11:30 p.m. as part of a surprise move for his (Dennis) birthday the next day.

According to Washington Post, upon hearing the knock, Dennis, 61, had gripped a gun as he stepped outside his home in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

When he saw a person jump out of the bushes, he pulled the trigger. It was only then, that he realised it was his son-in-law.

Bergan had come to the US from Norway, where he and his wife live.

It was supposed to be a birthday surprise for Dennis, who was turning 62 the next day.

The bullet hit Bergan “straight in the heart,” said Santa Rosa County Sheriff, Bob Johnson.

It was reported that Bergan died instantly.

Police on Thursday described the shooting as a “tragic accident,” and revealed that no criminal charges would be pressed against Dennis.

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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