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Man Mistaken for Intruder Fatally Shot by Best Friend in Virginia – NBC4 Washington – Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia 2021-06-12 13:09:38 –

Officials said a man mistakenly mistaken his best friend for an intruder outside his home in Virginia and shot him deadly.

Matthew Sharpf and his family were sleeping in their home when Jonathan Hankins suddenly appeared on Tuesday night, Sheriff Major William Knot told Richmond Times Dispatch.

Hankins “hit the door and the side of the house,” Knot said. “I don’t know if it shocked him, was it a joke, or was it a prank.”

Sharpoff went to the door with his pistol and saw the silhouette of an outsider, Knot said. He said a bullet fired from the front door struck and killed Hankins.

“I don’t think he was going to shoot,” Knot said of Sharp. “The gun was fired. It may have been an accident.”

Hankins, who appears to have visited Sharp’s house in Dinwiddie County, did not announce who he was while outside Sharp’s house, Knot said. According to Knot, the 37-year-old man has been his best friend for many years.

The case is under investigation, but Knot said there were no signs of a fight.

A member of Sharp’s family called the sheriff’s office, and lawmakers found Hankins dead.

Sharpf was charged with manslaughter and released on unsecured bonds. He was charged on Thursday and a preliminary hearing was set up on July 26.

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