Most Bizarre Defensive Gun Use? Man Rescues Man, Then Shoots Him in Self-Defense

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.

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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.

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  • G.O.A. Patriot March 25, 2022, 2:40 pm

    If the younger man suffered a head injury in the accident that resulted in him being in the water, that could explain his irrational behavior? A friend of mines son who was as friendly and outgoing normally as anyone could be was shot dead by police after an auto accident because anyone that got near him and tried to help him he would attack afterwards. He had a golf ball sized goose egg just above his left temple and his left eye was swelling shut when he was shot. The brain is a fragile thing.

    • Willie-O March 26, 2022, 1:35 am

      Sure, also possible. Still doesn’t explain the conscious (pre-accident) decision to ride a jet-ski without the (required) life-jacket. All irrelevant at this point. I’m just glad they aren’t filing and pursuing charges against the gentleman that pulled the trigger.

  • Willie-O March 25, 2022, 10:01 am

    Highly likely drugs and/or alcohol were involved. First, what dumbass rides a damn jet-ski without a life-vest ? THEN, after alcohol/drug induced “incident” causes them to potentially/likely drown, they attack the person(s) that saved their life. There is no legal remedy for stupid. In this particular case, the aforementioned dumbass got exactly what he deserved. Now if this had happened in any number of other jurisdictions…….

  • Tyler Thompson March 25, 2022, 9:25 am

    Anyone named “Nathan” is bad news. Same with “Tyler”.

    • Nathan March 25, 2022, 12:20 pm

      Hey! 🤨

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