Catawba County Sheriff's Office
January 25, 2016 09:30 AM

A North Carolina motorist has been charged with murder for allegedly fatally shooting a man who tried to help him after he spun off an icy road Friday during the East Coast snowstorm, authorities said.

The suspect, Marvin Jacob Lee, 27, became belligerent when he was approached by three men who had stopped their truck to help him in Catawba County, the Charlotte Observer reports.

According to WCNC-TV, investigators said that Lee was drunk when he ran his vehicle off Mathis Church Road.

When Lee became aware that Jefferson Heavner, 26, planned to call police for help, he allegedly opened fire with a pistol, striking Heavner, the Observer reports. Heavner fell, and Lee then walked over to him and shot him “numerous times,” Sheriff Coy Reid told the paper.

Jefferson Heavner

After the shooting, Lee allegedly got back in the car and refused to come out until a SWAT team arrived and arrested him.

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County records show Lee is being held on a murder charge at the Catawba County Jail in Newton and is due in court Monday.

A friend of the victim, Kristie Ward, told WBTV-TV that Heavner had a child and loved the outdoors. “He was just at my house not even a month ago,” she said. “All he loved to do was go mudding, hunting, fishing. He was just all-around great person.”

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