Florida Man Fatally Shoots Son-In-Law During Surprise Birthday Visit

A man in Florida accidentally shot his son-in-law who jumped out and scared him during a surprise birthday visit.

37-year-old Christopher Bergan had flown from Norway to Florida last week to surprise his father-in-law Richard Dennis on his 62nd birthday.

However, according to authorities, poor timing and circumstances resulted in a ‘horrible accident’ at Dennis’s home in Florida.

Around two hours before the incident, Dennis had reportedly been arguing with another relative at his property who had apparently been banging on his front door during the altercation.

The relative eventually left. However, Bergan then reportedly delivered ‘the same type of banging’ on Dennis’s back door some time later, to surprise him for his birthday.

The 62-year-old answered the door while armed with a gun and was shocked by Bergan, who reportedly jumped out while making a noise to surprise Dennis. Bergan was shot in the chest and died instantly, HuffPost reports.

Bergan used to live in Florida, but had recently moved back to Norway with his wife, Dennis’s daughter.

The tragic incident comes almost a month after a mother in Ohio accidentally shot her own daughter when her daughter tried to surprise her by returning home early from college.

The 18-year-old had returned home from college with her boyfriend, and wanted to surprise her mum at her home. The unnamed mother, however, mistook the noises she heard for a home invasion.

As the daughter walked into her mum’s bedroom, the mother fired a single shot from a pistol, which hit her daughter’s elbow. It wasn’t until after this the mum realised who she had fired at.

At the time, Chief Norman of Girard Police told WFMJ:

If you realize someone has a gun for protection, and they’re not expecting you – announce yourself when you enter the home, or even if you’re getting up to get a drink of water in the middle of the night, just announce yourself.