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Good Samaritan in North Carolina shot and killed by stranded driver during winter storm

January 25, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Good Samaritan in North Carolina shot and killed by stranded driver during winter storm

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Authorities in North Carolina say a stranded drunk driver, who’s car had gotten stuck in the winter storm over the weekend fatally shot a good Samaritan, who came to his aid late Friday afternoon.

Police say 27-year-old Marvin Jacob Lee, of Claremont, North Carolina got stuck on the side of the road in the snow after his car spun out in Catawba County.

Jefferson Heavner, who is a local resident of Newton and a couple of other people, went over in his pickup truck to assist Lee.

According to Sheriff Coy Reid, Heavner, and the others noticed the man was intoxicated, so they decided to call the police, that’s when Lee, turned angry and belligerent.

“The people were going to let the cops handle it, and that’s when he pulled a gun and opened fire,” Reid said.

The group of good Samaritans fled fearing for their lives. However, a bullet struck Heavner, who fell to the ground, Reid said.

Standing over the defenseless victim, Lee then fired several more times, killing Heavner.

Police managed to arrest Lee after he resisted instructions,  Reid said Lee had the pistol in his possession at the time of his arrest.

The Claremont resident now faces murder charges and is held in the Catawba County jail with no bail.

Reid didn’t disclose whether Lee was intoxicated or high on drugs or both.

The 26-year-old Heavner leaves behind a 17-month-old son. By Sunday, a fundraising page set up by relatives had raised  $10,000 for funeral costs and to support the victim’s child.

Jessica Heavner, who is the sister of the victim told the Charlotte Observer that it was her brother’s nature always to be willing to help anyone such as offering jumper cables when someone’s car wouldn’t start at Wal-Mart.

“Its ironic how he left this world doing what he loved to do: helping people,” she said.

She said her brother grew up in Catawba County and loved to hunt and work on cars. He was recently laid off from a job as a lineman for a cable television provider.

Lee is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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