Florida strikes again for absurd situations.
Richard Dennis, a 62-year-old man from Gulf Breeze, Florida will not face charges after accidentally shooting his 37 year-old son-in-law, Christopher Bergan.
A man flew from Norway to Florida to surprise his father-in-law for his birthday. When he jumped out of the bushes to yell “Surprise!” his father-in-law shot him in the heart. Police said they won’t file charges because it was a “tragic accident.” #flapol https://t.co/YWFCMkfu9T
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 4, 2019
Bergan was shot when he jumped out to yell “surprise!” after flying in from Norway to visit his father-in-law for the man’s birthday.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said:
“You can’t really say anything against Mr. Dennis for doing what he did. I think it was just a horrible accident that should never have happened.”
Dennis said the fear was borne after a verbal altercation with another relative who had been banging on the door.
Dennis showed up to the door armed with a gun and fatally shot Bergan in the chest, killing him instantly.
There was a time that I wanted to relocate from CT to Florida but not anymore! I live in a safe blue state that inacted common sense gun reform unlike the #gunshine state!! #NRAOwnsTheGOP #NRAOwnsTrump pic.twitter.com/j34GnsHfJQ
— Karen Resists ???????????????????????????? (@marie5483) October 4, 2019
The victims friends in Norway blame Americans obsession with guns and the gun culture. Other countries think we are insane. Who can blame them.
— Sarah Wynter (@sarahwynter) October 4, 2019
But vaping is our national emergency. Right.
— snarkworthy (@snarkworthy) October 4, 2019
Tragic. This actually points out how the good guy with gun idea is nonsense. Untrained citizens making split second decisions that are tough for trained law enforcement. This stuff doesn’t happen elsewhere. Many of us think we’re in a Death Wish or Dirty Harry movie.
— VMM (@VMM997) October 4, 2019
This is the NRA and gun manufacturers’ fault. They’re profiting off making people dangerously paranoid.
— Nicole David (@obbiecole) October 4, 2019
Bergan and his wife, Dennis’ daughter, had previously lived with Dennis before moving to Norway.
The Sheriff said:
“Anybody who’s religious out there you need to pray for this family because I can’t imagine what they’re going through.”
That's going to make for an awkward family dinner
— MassaginestWitch (@Kimberbee64) October 4, 2019
The interesting part about this is the police officer saying it was an accident because he opened the door with a gun in his hand to shoot a DIFFERENT relative. Sheesh.
— Kristi Sue Who (@kwoodworth) October 4, 2019
That’s not an accident. It was purposeful. The tragedy is WHO he shot, the reality and the problem is that the FIL shot at all.
— Shelly #StandsWithNancyPelosi (@MarvinGardens55) October 4, 2019
This was not an “accident”. He intended to shoot somebody. He didn’t intend to shoot the person he ended up shooting. At best it’s negligence and at worst it’s murder. NOTE: I’m not suggesting he be prosecuted but there is no universe that this was an accident.
— Devin Nunes Sucks – Sue Me (@consDragon64) October 4, 2019
I keep telling people who tell me they want to buy a gun – you are far more likely to use it on your self or accidentally on someone you love than on someone who means to do you harm.
— Rohit (@columbiatexan) October 4, 2019
This death is calling into question the validity of gun rights advocates’ “more guns is safer” argument, with many pointing out how this death so easily could have not happened.
Yup. Guns make us safer.
— mcb (@mcb1tx) October 4, 2019
There are no accidents with guns.
This man was so paranoid that he shot a loved one, because his first instinctual response to fear was to shoot. Not to asses but yo shoot&kill.
That’s not the kind of person that should own or handle a gun.
— NHS-????????????????????????-Im????TFA (@2fish1whale) October 4, 2019
Tragic, not an accident. He absolutely intended to shoot someone.
— Liddle’ Leslie (@leslieelaine573) October 4, 2019
The same state that gave Marissa Alexander 20 years for firing a warning shot.
Anyways, it's not the police's job to file any charges.
That's up to the DA.
— Cynicism Is A Choice (@EthanObama) October 4, 2019
No charge. Can't say he was in danger, always pays to be a rich white man with a gun I guess.
— Maxoid_Mysticalmaid #PCPEU (@SamWitts2) October 4, 2019
The family has made no comment at this time.
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