Coroner ID's victim in fatal Colleton County hunting incident

WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fatal hunting incident in Colleton County.

Colleton County Coroner Rich Harvey says 67-year-old William Heape Sr., of Varnville, was shot and killed. Chief Barry McRoy says the group was deer hunting about a half mile into the woods when the man was shot. He says another hunter in the group did attemptCPR{} but, could not revive him.

An autopsy is planned for Wednesday morning with new information expected to be released sometime in the afternoon.

A DNR spokesman says Heape has hunted on the grounds before and was not unfamiliar with the area.

DNR would not say if the shooter was a part of the hunting group the victim was with. Representatives cant say if any charges will be filed until after the investigation is complete.


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