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The unidentified woman "observed the shadow of a person in the dark on the stairs, and fired one gunshot," according to prosecutors

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    A man attempting to surprise his friend at her home turned deadly on Thursday night. Now, police say this was a tragic, heartbreaking accident. (Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2016)

    A New Jersey woman called 911 to say she shot an intruder in her home Thursday, but investigators say the intruder was a friend who'd been trying to surprise her.

    The incident that left Kelvin Watford dead in Hamilton Township played out inside the unidentified woman’s home along Genesee Street around 11:20 p.m. Thursday, said Mercer County prosecutors.

    The woman told prosecutors that Watford, 50, was on the phone with her and said he was not in the area as he returned from a trip.

    As they spoke, the woman heard a dog barking and noises outside her house, causing her to grab her gun, investigators said.

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    “She heard someone inside of her house and walked to her bedroom door, still on the phone,” according to a news release from prosecutors. “She then opened her bedroom door, observed the shadow of a person in the dark on the stairs, and fired one gunshot.”

    Watford died at the scene from a gunshot wound to his chest.

    Prosecutors said an initial investigation found the shooting was accidental and no charges were filed, though the incident remained under investigation.