Colorado man dead after his own father mistook him for an intruder

A Colorado man was arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly mistook his son for an intruder and fatally shot him, People magazine reports.

Frank Leo Huner Jr., 58, called 911 around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night after shooting his 33-year-old son, Nicholas Huner at his Sedalia home, about 35 miles outside of Denver.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says that Huner told the dispatcher he had shot someone he believed to be an intruder, identifying the victim as his son.

Douglas County Coroner Jill Romain confirmed that it was the younger Huner who had been shot and killed.

Huner was charged with suspicion of second-degree murder but authorities say that since “the investigation is still in the beginning stages…the charges may change.”

He was released from jail on a $50,000 bond.

People magazine reports that Douglas Douglas County Sheriff spokeswoman Lauren Lekander said Huner appeared in court Monday morning.

Huner has owned an automotive and transmission repair business in Denver for 33 years, according to a report by the Denver Channel.

Records show that Nicholas had a long criminal history. At the time of his death, he had an outstanding warrant out of Arapahoe County. The warrant came out after he failed to appear in court on a felony marijuana distribution charge stemming from an April 2016 arrest.

Earlier this year, Nicholas also participated in a high-speed chase with Utah troopers.

Check back with Crime Online as more details come forward.

 

[Feature photo: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office]