UPDATE: No charges to be filed in deadly shooting at Villa Venyce in Gulf Breeze

Northwest Florida

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (WKRG) — UPDATE: No charges will be filed in the deadly shooting that happened in the Villa Venyce neighborhood.

Deputies say the victim, Christopher Bergan, flew in from Norway to surprise the homeowner, Richard Dennis. Bergan knocked on his back door and jumped out of the bushes to surprise him. Dennis fired one shot and struck Bergan in the chest. Bergan died as a result of the gunshot wound.

Deputies say it was a “horrible accident that should have never happened.” Watch the full press conference below.

Original story

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting in the Villa Venyce neighborhood.

Deputies were called to a home near the intersection of Coronado Drive and Coronado Court overnight. No one has been arrested or charged with a crime.

This has been the topic of conversation among neighbors all day. Many of them were shocked to hear the news and they say they had no idea an investigation was going on.

News 5 reached out to a sheriff’s office spokesperson to get details but we were told they aren’t commenting now but Sheriff Bob Johnson will give more information in a news conference Thursday at 11 a.m.

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