DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) — A person mistook his finest good friend for an intruder outdoors his Virginia residence and fatally shot him, authorities mentioned.
Matthew Sharpf and his household had been asleep of their residence Tuesday night time when Jonathan Hankins confirmed up unexpectedly, Sheriff’s Maj. William Knott advised The Richmond Instances-Dispatch.
Hankins “got here banging round to the door and the aspect of the home,” Knott mentioned. “I don’t know whether or not it was to shock him, or whether or not it was a joke or prank.”
Sharpf went to the door with a handgun and noticed the silhouette of an individual outdoors, Knott mentioned. A shot fired by way of the entrance door struck and killed Hankins, he mentioned.
“I don’t assume he meant to shoot,” Knott mentioned of Sharpf. “The gun discharged; it might have been an accident.”
Hankins, who apparently went to Sharpf’s home in Dinwiddie County for a go to, didn’t announce who he was whereas outdoors Sharpf’s residence, Knott mentioned. The lads, each 37, had been finest mates for years, Knott mentioned.
Though the incident stays beneath investigation, Knott mentioned there aren’t any indicators of a quarrel.
A member of Sharpf’s household referred to as the sheriff’s workplace, and deputies discovered Hankins useless.
Sharpf was charged with voluntary manslaughter and launched on an unsecured bond. He was arraigned Thursday and a preliminary listening to was set for July 26.