Deputies: Florida man fatally shoots friend after being threatened with pitchfork

A dispute between friends led to one of them fatally shooting the other, deputies said Saturday. 

The incident was reported around 8:30 p.m. on Friday night at 1134 Avenue I in Ormond Beach.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the shooter called law enforcement after the shooting. 

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The man reportedly told deputies that he and his friend were outside the home when his friend pointed a pitchfork at him "in a threatening manner." The shooter, who was armed with a handgun, warned his friend to put the pitchfork down, which he did.

"But then he said his friend advanced toward him aggressively, and he fired his gun at him," deputies said. 

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The shooter told detectives he was in fear for his life and his wife’s, as she was inside the house at the time. The victim, who lived in a separate structure on the property, was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was later identified as William Bay, 34. 

No charges have been filed while the investigation continues.

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