A North Carolina man was tragically shot and killed while trying to do a good deed and help a stranded motorist during this weekend’s snow storm.
According to Sheriff Coy Reid, around 5:30 in the evening, Marvin Jacob Lee lost control of his car, slid off of the ice covered road and became stuck. A passing truck with three men stopped to help, and neighbors also came outside to assist.
The good Samaritans say that Lee became belligerent and his irrational behavior led them to believe he was intoxicated, so they decided it would be best to call the police.
They thought he was drunk or on dope and said ‘let’s just call the law and let them deal with it,’ Reid said.
As they were trying to make the call, Lee pulled out a handgun and started shooting at the very people who had been trying to help him.
The Samaritans ran, but Jefferson Heavner was struck by a bullet. As he lay in the snow, Lee walked over to him, stood above him and shot him “numerous times.”
Lee then went back to his car and got inside. Witnesses say he tried to leave the scene, but couldn’t because his vehicle was still stuck due to the wintery conditions.
When police arrived, they shouted for him to get out of the vehicle, but he refused. He was so hammered, police weren’t even sure if he was awake the entire time, thinking that at one point he may have passed out.
A SWAT team was eventually called in and a standoff ensued that lasted several hours. The incident was finally brought to a close when the SWAT team pulled their armored truck up next to him and surrounded his vehicle.
Lee was arrested and charged with murder. He is being held in jail with no bond and is due to appear in court on Monday.
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