A good Samaritan was fatally shot Friday by the man he was trying to help in the Bandys community of Catawba County, Sheriff Coy Reid said.
The car driven by the shooter, Reid said, had slid off icy Mathis Church Road and was stuck, when a passing car with two or three men stopped to help about 5 p.m. Friday.
The shooter became belligerent toward the men. “They thought he was drunk and said ‘let’s just call the law and let them deal with it,’ ” Reid said.
As they walked to their car, the shooter pulled out an automatic pistol and started firing. One of the men fell and the shooter walked to him and shot him “numerous times,” the sheriff said. The shooter returned to his car as deputies arrived. They shouted for him to get out. When he didn’t, they called in a SWAT team. The team pulled their armored vehicle up to the shooter’s car and saw that he was passed out, Reid said.
They physically removed the suspect and arrested him on murder charges. Reid didn’t release any names.