“At this time it appears to be what we believe to be accidental. The best way to describe it is identification of an intruder versus a friend playing a prank.
“He thought he heard someone enter his home and had his pistol in his bedroom for protection. As he was coming down the hallway, it appears Mr. Copeland jumped out to scare him and to pull a prank on him. The lights weren't on in the hallway and he didn't recognized his face. You're talking about a split-second decision when two people turn a corner, one has a gun and the other one is jumping out.”