A Willingboro, New Jersey, man was shot to death by his female friend when attempted to pay her a surprise visit.
On Nov. 17, the 51-year-old woman was on the phone with her friend, 50-year-old Kelvin Watford, when she heard a dog barking and noises outside her Hamilton Township home, NJ.com reports. While still on the phone, she retrieved her gun.
Watford told the woman he was returning from a trip and was not in the immediate area.
“She heard someone inside of her house and walked to her bedroom door, still on the phone,” according to a news release from prosecutors, according to WCAU. “She then opened her bedroom door, observed the shadow of a person in the dark on the stairs, and fired one gunshot.”
The woman thought she had shot an intruder, but it was Watford.
Police found his body at the bottom of the stairs in the woman's home with a gunshot wound to the chest, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, NJ.com reports.
When speaking with 911, the woman explained that she had shot an intruder inside her home, but then realized she had accidentally shot her friend, Watford.
It is believed that Watford was trying to surprise the woman.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, but authorities said preliminary indications point to an accidental homicide.
"Everything the woman has told investigators has been corroborated at this point," prosecutor's office spokeswoman Casey DeBlasio said. "This appears to be a tragic accident."
Authorities have not filed charges against the woman at this time.