Virginia man accidentally kills best friend after mistaking him for intruder: Sheriff 06/14/2021 8:38 am PDT Comments Dinwiddie County DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (TCD) -- A 37-year-old man was charged with voluntary manslaughter this week after fatally shooting his best friend, whom he mistook for an intruder. Deputies from the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at Matthew Allen Sharpf's house on Coleman's Lake Road Tuesday at around 11 p.m., the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Sharpf's best friend, Jonathan Hankins, 37, reportedly showed up at Sharpf's house that evening unexpectedly. According to the Times-Dispatch, Dinwiddie Sheriff's Maj. William Knott said Hankins "came banging around to the door and the side of the house." Sharpf allegedly came to the door and saw the outline of a person's body. He shot through the front door, not knowing it was Hankins, the Times-Dispatch Reports. Hankins died at the scene, reports say. Sharpf was released on secured bond Wednesday, WWBT-TV reports. Knott told the Times-Dispatch he doesn't think Sharpf "intended to shoot" Hankins, saying it "may have been an accident." Knott said Hankins and Sharpf were "best of friends" and "had been best friends for years." According to WWBT, Hankins was even the "flower boy" at Sharpf's wedding. A family member told WWBT, "Matt loved John, he would never intentionally try to harm him." Sharpf's preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 26 in Dinwiddie County General District Court. MORE: Dinwiddie man fatally shoots his best friend after mistaking him for intruder - Richmond Times-DispatchFamily: Man accidentally shoots, kills best friend - WBBT #Virginia Related Stories Missing Virginia rapper found shot dead in friend's trunk in Miami 'Pedophilia advocate' arrested at airport with 12-year-old girl Virginia mom accused of stabbing infant to death, texting fiancé details Police: Virginia man poured kerosene on brother and tried to light it Alexis Murphy update: Missing Virginia teen's remains found West Virginia juvenile charged with murdering 4 family members Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.