South Carolina boater who fatally shot jet skier he tried to rescue had no selection, slain man’s pal says


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The boater who rescued a jet skier from drowning in a South Carolina lake after which fatally shot him had no selection after the person went berserk, the sufferer’s good friend instructed investigators. 

“Nothing labored,” Hannah Ayers, 19, stated of attempting to settle down Drew Morgan, 29 on the afternoon of March 15 in Lake Keowee, in keeping with an incident report obtained by Fox Information Digital. 

The yellow jet ski that Drew Morgan and Hannah Ayers fell off of, almost drowning earlier than a Good Samaritan rescued them.
(Oconee County Sheriff’s Workplace)

“John simply needed to shoot him,” she stated of stranger John Dotson Jr. 74, who she credited with saving her life after she and Morgan fell off a jet ski close to Fall Creek.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Workplace beforehand introduced that Dotson wouldn’t be charged in Morgan’s loss of life.

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Ayers instructed the Day by day Mail that Morgan grew to become belligerent and violent after the Good Samaritan, who was fishing along with his spouse Debra Dotson, 70, noticed the pair struggling within the water and pulled the 2 onto their pontoon. 

Boater John Dotson rescued Drew Morgan after he had falenl off a jet ski then fatally shot him in self-defense.

Boater John Dotson rescued Drew Morgan after he had falenl off a jet ski then fatally shot him in self-defense.
(Oconee County Sheriff’s Workplace)

“Drew was my good friend and I’ll mourn him as my good friend,” she stated. “However I’ll by no means perceive the way in which he was performing that day – it is like a demon possessed his physique.”

She added, “In my eyes there was no query that John needed to shoot to guard himself and his spouse. He will likely be my hero for all times as a result of, if it wasn’t for him, I might have drowned within the water that day.”

Ayers instructed investigators that Morgan had invited her to go jet snowboarding and take a look at waterfalls that day. However when she met up with him, he was clearly drunk and “slurring his phrases,” the incident report says. 

Drew Morgan was fatally shot after attacking the man who had rescued him.

Drew Morgan was fatally shot after attacking the person who had rescued him.
(Oconee County Sheriff’s Workplace)

Morgan started rushing on the jet ski and took a pointy flip, ejecting them each into the water. Neither of them had on life vests, and Ayers stated she was a poor swimmer and will barely keep above water because the yellow jet ski circled close by. 

The Dotsons noticed the pair in misery and rescued them – however Morgan grew to become agitated, stubborn out the couple, then shoved the aged spouse all whereas demanding they take him again to his jet ski. 

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There was snot and foam streaming from his nostril and mouth, the Good Samaritan-turned-shooter instructed investigators.

Drew Morgan was fatally shot after attacking the man who had rescued him.

Drew Morgan was fatally shot after attacking the person who had rescued him.
(Oconee County Sheriff’s Workplace)

A wild melee ensued and Morgan choked John and Debra Dotson, as he tried to take management of the boat, breaking the kill swap and making the vessel inoperable, the report says. 

“All Drew cared about was getting his jet ski again,” Ayers instructed authorities. Ayers began hitting Morgan to get him to cease assaulting the couple and eventually shoved him off the boat. 

However the Dotsons pulled the combative younger man again onto their pontoon, and the battle quickly escalated.

John Dotson stated he fired a warning shot and repeatedly pistol whipped Morgan, who had grabbed maintain of his arm. However the crazed man would not again down, and Dotson lastly blasted him within the chest.

Drew Morgan's truck where investigators recovered drug paraphernalia and empty cans of Michelob Ultra.

Drew Morgan’s truck the place investigators recovered drug paraphernalia and empty cans of Michelob Extremely.
(Oconee County Sheriff’s Workplace)

Debra Dotson instantly started performing CPR – however Morgan not had a pulse when deputies arrived. 

After a 48-hour investigation, officers instructed the slain man’s household that the shooter wouldn’t be charged. The sheriff’s workplace additionally met with the 10th circuit solicitor’s workplace who agreed with the choice after reviewing 911 calls, witness statements and movies, the incident report says.

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Officers executed a search warrant on Morgan’s white GMC pickup truck and recovered empty cans of Michelob Extremely within the entrance cab, marijuana and drug paraphernalia – together with a bong, pipes and a blunt. 

Investigators are awaiting the outcomes of a toxicology report.

Morgan is survived by a 10-year-old son. 

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