By Roxroy Ballers
In a strange turn of events, a 74-year-old South Carolina man ended up shooting another man in self-defense after rescuing the distressed individual from Lake Keowee.
An incident report from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office described how a couple on a pontoon boat rescued 29-year-old Nathan Morgan and an unidentified woman who were not wearing life jackets after the two lost control of a jet ski on March 15.
After the rescue, Morgan apparently began assaulting the rescuers when one of the women on board pushed him back into the water in an effort to de-escalate the situation. It didn’t work.
After being pulled out again, Morgan continued to assault the couple onboard the pontoon boat. The 79-year-old then fatally shot Morgan in the chest.
Officials said the evidence indicates that the shooter acted in self-defense.
No charges are expected to be filed according to a follow-up report from the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.
Cases such as this one underscore the need for armed self-defense as police were not able to respond in time to apprehend the aggressor.