CRIME
06/18/2014 07:42 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

New Dad Killed By Stray Bullet While Celebrating Baby's Homecoming: Cops

Bay County Jail

A new father was shot and killed Tuesday night by what officials believe was an accidental shooting by a neighbor.

Steven Justin Ayers, 33, and his wife, Jessica Ayers, were celebrating the homecoming of their 3-day-old baby with family members in their home in Panama City, Florida, The News Herald reports. Around 6 p.m., a bullet hit Ayers in the back of the head. He died on the spot.

Deputies believe the bullet came from a handgun fired by 62-year-old Charles Edward Shislerr whose home is directly behind Ayers', according to the Jackson County Floridian.

Police think Shisler fired from inside his house and that the shot flew through a sliding glass door in Ayers' home.

Shisler allegedly told deputies that he fired the gun accidentally while trying to pick it up by the trigger.

“The damn gun doesn’t usually shoot," he said, according to an arrest report obtained by The News-Herald. “You have to squeeze the hell out of the trigger to shoot it.”

The handgun that deputies believed Shisler shot was recovered from his home.

He was charged with manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to WMBB. His felon status stems from a 2006 conviction for carrying a concealed firearm.

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