Panama City Beach Camper Killed in Accidental Shooting

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A man was killed and his friend was injured when a 9 millimeter pistol accidentally discharged during a camping trip.

Authorities say Jayson Decker died at the Gulf County campsite Saturday night. James Cook was treated and released from an area hospital.

Sheriff Joe Nugent says Decker picked up the loaded gun and tossed it to Cook. When Cook caught the gun it fired. A single bullet passed through his left hand and struck Decker in the head.

Cook ran to a nearby boat ramp to call for help. The men were camped on the bank of the White City Canal.

Investigators determined evidence from the scene matches Cook's account of the shooting.

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