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Deadly 'Stand Your Ground' shooting involving father and son justified by state

Deadly 'Stand Your Ground' shooting involving father and son justified by state

A deadly shooting in Milton has been ruled as self-defense.

The State Attorney’s Office reviewed the case.

It happened on Sweet Memory Lane in Milton on August 25.

The report from the State Attorney's Office states Bruce Pernicka suffered a 4 - 5 inch deep laceration on his head, a raised, red welt on his abdomen, and a contusion on his left forearm.

Deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office found his son, Jeffery Pernicka, with several gunshot wounds. EMS responded to the scene and Jeffery was pronounced deceased at the scene of the incident.

According to the report, Jeffery was beating against the wall of his father’s home with a two-by-four wooden board the morning of the incident.

The report states Bruce believed his son was armed with a firearm that had disappeared from his home. Bruce armed himself with a gun and confronted his son.

According to the report, Jeffery hit Bruce in the arm, stomach, and head with the wooden board.

As the son began to approach his father again with the board, Bruce shot his son once, the report says.

Bruce told deputies his son continued to approach him and shot him several more times until he fell to the ground.

Bruce Pernicka told Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies he was in fear for his life and fired his gun to protect himself.

According to the report from the State Attorney's Office, Jeffery has a history of erratic behavior and appearing to be under the influence of narcotics, based on reports from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office and Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

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