William Brumby: Petition Raised To Charge Father Who Accidentally Shot Son With Crime

William Brumby: Petition Raised To Charge Father Who Accidentally Shot Son With Crime
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While William Brumby was at the shooting range one weekend with his older children, he ended up accidentally shooting his fourteen-year-old son. Following the incident, no charges have been filed. However, there are those who believe that Brumby should not have gotten away with what he did.


Earlier this month on July 3, Brumby had gone to the High Noon Gun Range at approximately 3:15 p.m. with his three older children, his 24-year-old son, 12-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son, Stephen Brumby.

William had placed himself on the last shooting lane where there was wall to the right-hand side. And as he fired a round, a spent shell casing ended up striking the wall and deflecting toward the back of Stephen’s shirt.

As William tried to help his son, he used his right hand to remove the spent casing. However, he was still holding his firearm with the same hand. And as he tried to remove the casing, he ended up accidentally discharging his weapon. Following the shooting, Stephen was rushed to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

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Following the incident, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office went to investigate the incident, reviewing video surveillance of the gun range in the process. They said that the video shows that Stephen’s death was indeed caused by a fatal accident. Moreover, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office also said that Brumby was not facing charges.

While the Brumby family continues to mourn for the lost of a musically gifted son, one man has come forward to point out that 64-year-old William should not be able to get away with accidentally firing a gun at his son. In fact, a petition to have charges filed against Brumby now has 381 supporters. The man behind the petition is Jeffrey Guard.

In an email sent to Morning News USA, Guard explained that under Florida law, Brumby should be held accountable. “As per Florida law, William Brumby actually committed a serious crime, involuntary manslaughter which is a second degree felony.

“Florida’s statutes on what are known as ‘Excusable Homicides’ Section 782.03 of Florida Law, defines the circumstances of what is/is not considered excusable when actions taken result in homicide. It explicitly precludes any accidental death that involves the use of a deadly weapon.”

Moreover, Guard pointed out that Brumby said in one interview, “The gun didn’t kill my boy. I did.”

At the same time, Guard is outraged that Brumby said he will still continue to use firearms even after accidentally killing his son.

“You would think after gunning down his own child, he would never want to touch them again, but he is blind with delusion and sees nothing wrong with still using them,” Guard said.

To learn more about Guard’s stance regarding Brumby, you can check out his blog post here. Meanwhile, ABC 7 reports that Stephen’s funeral service was held a few days ago.

Also readDad Accidentally Kills Son: Photos Of Stephen Brumby, William Brumby & Facts About The Loving Family

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  • Jeffrey Guard Cortinas

    Thank you for publishing this story. What is additionally upsetting is the fact that we have made multiple attempts in requesting a status update from the Sarasota Florida’s office about this case which was last listed as an ongoing investigation. We have received ZERO responses from their press office or otherwise.
    It also is worth mentioning that Sheriff Tom Knight is currently running for re-election this year, and while he is running unopposed, he decision to not press charges may be a political calculation to not upset a core constituency in his county.
    If this is true, then it’s unfortunate that justice for Stephen Brumby seems to be even further from becoming a reality.