Rescuer who shot dead drowning man will not be charged

A Good Samaritan who shot dead a drowning man he was trying to save in South Carolina will not face criminal charges in the bizarre case, authorities said.

Prosecutors said the unidentified gunman acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 29-year-old Nathan Drew Morgan, who drowned in Lake Keowee on Tuesday, WBTW-TV reported.

Police said Morgan and his pal fell off their jet ski without life jackets – and the rescuer tried to help the couple by steering a pontoon boat towards them.

But Morgan became combative after being escorted to safety, forcing the eventual shooter to push him back into the water. The man then opened fire as Morgan climbed back on board.

South Carolina police in a boat.
Nathan Drew Morgan was fatally shot after another man tried to save him from drowning in Lake Keowee, South Carolina.
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Morgan was fatally shot in the chest, the Oconee County Coroner’s Office ruled.

“I’ve certainly never seen or heard anything like this,” local Brandon Thomas told WSPA-TV after the incident.

“It’s very surprising, especially in the area it was in,” he added. “That’s crazy. Definitely unexpected out here, sure.”

Nathan Drew Morgan
Morgan reportedly became combative when a man tried to rescue him from the water he had fallen into from a jet ski.
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View of Lake Keowee.
The rescuer pushed Morgan back into the water and shot the 29-year-old as he climbed back into the boat.
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