Fla. hunter mistakes friend for deer, kills him

Posted at 8:22 AM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 08:22:10-05

OAK HILL, Fla. (AP) -- A hunter told sheriff's dispatchers that he mistook his friend for a deer while hunting at a ranch in central Florida.

Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal that a distraught 56-year-old Leeshawn Sutton called 911 Wednesday afternoon to report the shooting.

Sutton and 65-year-old Bruce Best were hunting at the ranch when Sutton fired. He was weeping as he talked to the dispatcher, saying "I thought there was a deer."

A sheriff's helicopter helped guide deputies to the scene in a heavy wooded and swampy section of the ranch. Best was declared dead at the scene.

No charges have been filed.