Jacob Lee Charged With Murder
A Good Samaritan was allegedly shot and killed by the very man he tried to help after he saw a car spin out on an icy North Carolina road on Friday afternoon. Marvin Jacob Lee, 27, has been charged with the murder of Jefferson Heavner. Police said he struck Heavner once and then stood over his body and shot him 'numerous times'.
Heavner, 26, was among a group of people, including neighbors and a passing truck, who went to help when they saw a car spin out and become stuck on a Catawba County road around 5.20pm.
The group then decided to call police for assistance when Lee became belligerent, according to Sheriff Coy Reid. 'They thought he was drunk or on dope and said "Let's just call the law and let them deal with it'", Reid told The Charlotte Observer.
When Lee heard them calling the police he took out an automatic pistol and began shooting at the group, who tried to run away, authorities said.
Police said Lee returned to his car, which was still stuck, after he struck Heavner once and then shot him again multiple times. Officers arrived on the scene and demanded Lee to get out of the car. When he didn't, a SWAT team arrived and found that he was passed out, according to Reid.
Jefferson Heavner (Victim)
Lee woke up as he was being physically pulled out of the car by SWAT members and tried to resist, He has since been charged with murder. The shooting remains under investigation, according to WSOC. Heavner's family has since taken to social media to express their heartbreak and shock at the father's untimely death.
Jesse Danielle Heaver wrote a tribute to her brother reminiscing about all the times the siblings and their father used to pull cars out of ditches in bad weather. 'I'd thought of you several times today while driving the roads of Asheville and seeing cars in ditches, thinking of old times with daddy,' she wrote.
'Aside from off-roading in the snow that was always our favorite part. 'Never in a million years would I have dreamed that ironically you were lying cold, gunned by a murderer who you had just attempted to help like we always did.'