Good Samaritan rescued jet skier then shot it in self-defense, sheriff says

by: Bill Disbrow, Nexstar Media Wire

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A stranded jet skier without a life jacket was rescued from a South Carolina lake to be shot by its rescuer after becoming agitated, according to the local sheriff’s department.

A man and woman were spotted in the water of Lake Keowee last Tuesday by a couple on a pontoon boat. The couple walked over to the jet skiers and pulled them out of the water. Deputies say the two men were not wearing life jackets when they were rescued.

Oconee County sheriff’s deputies say they were called around 2:16 p.m. when the situation turned violent.

“The Jet Ski kept running and circling in the lake,” the deputies said in a news release last week. “The man, who had been rescued, became agitated and began to assault the couple on the pontoon. Investigators have been advised that the man may have wanted to return to the Jet Ski.

Deputies say their investigation revealed that the woman who was riding the jet-ski had pushed her partner back into the water in an attempt to defuse the situation. The boating couple then pulled him out of the water again.

“After a second encounter, the man on the pontoon shot the man in fear for his life and that of his wife as he was assaulted,” Oconee accountMembers’ report. “The man who was shot died on the pontoon.”

According to KTLA WSPA sister station, the man shot dead has been identified as 29-year-old Nathan Drew Morgan of Walhalla, South Carolina. Others involved have not been named.

No charges will be brought against the 74-year-old man who shot Morgan, according to Sister station KTLA WTRF. The local attorney called the shooting self-defense.

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