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3 Things Going On Today In Florida: Man Shoots Son While Cleaning Gun

Man Fatally Shoots Adult Son While Cleaning Gun

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man fatally shot his adult son while cleaning a gun.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that 22-year-old Joshua Alan Jordan died Saturday.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office says Jordan’s father was cleaning his .45-caliber handgun at a Port Charlotte home after returning from a local gun range. The firearm discharged and struck Jordan.

Family members performed CPR until emergency responders arrived. Jordan was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives say the shooting was an accident. No charges were immediately filed.

Man Gets 5 Years For House Fire That Killed 2 Dogs

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to five years in prison for setting a house fire that killed two dogs.

The Ledger reports that 38-year-old Tabarus Johnson was sentenced last month after pleading no contest to a reduced charge of attempted arson of a structure. He had been facing a first-degree arson charge and 30 years in prison.

Authorities say Johnson set a mattress on fire at his Auburndale home following an argument with a woman who also lived there. Officials say five dogs were in the home when Johnson set the fire. Two of them were found dead, tied up with leashes, after firefighters extinguished the blaze. Rescuers led the other three dogs from the home and treated them with oxygen.

Supermarket Worker Killed By Truck In Loading Area

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida supermarket worker was killed by a semitrailer that was backing into the store’s loading area.

A Broward Sheriff’s Office news release says the 58-year-old woman was about to start her shift at Seabra Foods in Deerfield Beach when she was hit Monday morning.

Deputies say the woman was walking toward the store’s entrance and stepped behind the semi as it was moving in reverse. She fell and was run over by the truck’s tandem tires.

The crash is being investigated, but detectives don’t suspect impairment, excessive speed or mechanical malfunction as a cause. The truck’s driver hasn’t been charged.