VIDEO: Drug dealer released from prison due to Covid-19, accidentally shot dead by cousin while celebrating

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The video below shows unfortunate moment a man was shot dead by his cousin in an apparent accident.

The incident happened Tuesday in northern Jordan on the day the victim was released from prison.

Sari Salem Wardat, 46, was shot in the head as he was walking towards his house as a crowd of family members and neighbors gathered to welcome him.

Police and family members identified the shooter as the victim’s distant cousin Ahmad Salamah Wardat.

In the video, Sari arrives in a blue car amid a hail of off-screen celebratory gunfire. Sari exits the car and is approached by Ahmad, who points a handgun skywards. The weapon appears to jam twice before Ahmad fires a shot, after which it appears to jam again before he fires six shots into the air. Then as the two men walk along the road, Ahmad appears to fiddle with the gun and fires one more shot at Sari, who immediately drops to the road.

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The incident took place in the town of Amrawah, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of the capital, Amman, close to the country’s border with Syria. The roughly 9,000 residents of the town are mostly from the same Wardat clan.

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Sari, a father of five, had been serving an eight-month prison sentence for carrying an unlicensed weapon and resisting arrest, according to police and relatives, and was released two weeks early in line with special government measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in Jordan.

In addition to imposing a tight lockdown last month in an attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the government ordered the early release of some prisoners, and all public gatherings prohibited under the measures.

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Police sources told Al Jazeera that Sari was a drug dealer and smuggler, an account that was confirmed by family members on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Relatives said the shooter said he thought he had fired all of his bullets not knowing that the last bullet had jammed in the magazine that killed Sari

The shooter has been detained and will likely face a murder charge, the police said.

Watch the video below