Son, 24, shoots father dead on Thanksgiving hunting trip after mistaking him for a deer

A New York family’s Thanksgiving ended in tragedy when a 58-year-old man was shot and killed by his son, who mistook him for a deer while out hunting.

Kristopher Paro, 24, was in a tree stand in the woods behind his Sandy Creek home when he thought he heard a deer about 100 yards away.

He was unaware that his father Kevin Paro had also gone in the woods that day to hunt, and fired one shot from his .270-caliber rifle.

Kristopher Paro, 24, (pictured on the day of his daguhter's birth) accidentally shot and killed his father Kevin Paro, 58, while hunting behind his Sandy Creek, New York home
Kristopher fired one round, which struck Kevin Paro (pictured with his granddaughter) in the chest

Kristopher Paro, 24, accidentally shot and killed his father Kevin Paro, 58, while hunting behind his Sandy Creek, New York home. Pictured are both men at the birth of Kristopher’s daughter

Kristopher was unaware that his father (pictured together in a family portrait) had also gone in the woods that day to hunt and fired one shot when he thought he heard a deer 100 yards away

Kristopher was unaware that his father (pictured together in a family portrait) had also gone in the woods that day to hunt and fired one shot when he thought he heard a deer 100 yards away

Kevin Paro was hit in the chest by a round around 4.40pm on Thursday.

The elder Paro was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

State Police are investigating the incident with officers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the State Police. 

Kevin Paro was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Thursday

Kevin Paro was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Thursday

Kristopher, who is a US Marine, has not been charged.   

Kevin appears to have taken care of Kristopher’s young daughter while his son was overseas.

His Facebook is filled with pictures of his granddaughter, and many social media tributes remembered him as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

‘Kevin Paro was a rock and a damn good man,’ Lee Martin, Kevin’s cousin, wrote on Facebook on Friday. 

‘Your humor, your devotion to your family and your strength will surely be missed.’ 

‘I know his family is crushed. My cousin and my friend, may you rest in peace.’