Fayette County

Anderson sheriff investigating Lexington man's shooting

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into the possible accidental shooting of a Lexington man who was found dead Sunday night.

The victim was identified as Marc W. Helton, 34, the sheriff's office said Monday.

The sheriff's office was dispatched to locate a missing hunter who had last been seen shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday in the Lovers Leap Road area of northern Anderson County.

Deputies and Anderson Fire and Rescue located the body in some woods at 10:42 p.m. Sunday, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie said Helton accidentally shot himself after climbing into a deer stand and then hoisting a .30-30 caliber rifle up to the stand.

The gun's trigger caught on a limb and discharged, wounding Helton in the neck, Ritchie said.

A friend who was hunting in another area reported Ritchie missing about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Ritchie said. Helton was found still harnessed in the stand.

Helton was a senior sales associate for Biomet Orthopedics in Lexington, Ritchie said. Helton's identity was not released until his parents in North Carolina had been notified of the death Monday morning.