A man was found dead in Lake Cunningham after jumping into the lake while deputies served a warrant to someone else. His accidental drowning is currently under investigation.
Chuck’s Corpse Found in the Lake
According to an official release on Monday, the Greenville County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that the body discovered in Lake Cunningham on Sunday afternoon belongs to Chuck Gilbert Shelton Jr., aged 38.
It Began With an Arrest Warrant
The circumstances of Shelton’s death are unusual, as it happened while deputies from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office were executing a warrant at the same location where he was discovered.
They Went to the House and Everything Changed
On Monday afternoon, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office released a statement explaining that the incident occurred when deputies arrived at the address around 3 p.m. to serve a warrant for Failure to Appear in court to another individual residing there.
He Unexpectedly Fled and Jumped in the Lake
During the execution of the warrant, an unrelated male, later identified as Chuck Gilbert Shelton Jr., unexpectedly fled from the residence and leaped into Lake Cunningham.
No One Knows Why He Did it
The reasons behind Shelton’s sudden escape and subsequent actions remain unknown, leaving investigators puzzled about the events that led to the tragic outcome.
Witnesses Say He Disappeared Underwater
Witnesses at the scene reported that Shelton swam a short distance before disappearing beneath the water’s surface. Despite the deputies’ immediate efforts to locate him, he did not resurface.
He Was Pronounced Dead at the Scene
Tragically, the Greenville County emergency rescue dive team was called in to conduct a search operation in the lake. At around 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, paramedics pronounced Shelton dead at the scene.
Cause of Death
The coroner’s examination revealed that the cause of death was freshwater drowning.
Another Mystery Around the Incident
Witness accounts add to the mystery surrounding Shelton’s underwater disappearance, indicating that he was last seen above water about 15-20 feet from a dock near Lake Cunningham Road before vanishing.
Death Was Ruled an Accident
While the coroner has ruled Shelton’s death an accident, the case remains under active investigation to determine the circumstances that led to the tragic incident.
Authorities Are Looking Into It
As authorities delve deeper into the events leading up to Shelton’s untimely demise, they seek to unravel the inexplicable turn of events that occurred during the routine execution of a warrant.
Family is Left With Unanswered Questions
For now, friends and family of Chuck Gilbert Shelton Jr. are left grappling with grief and unanswered questions as they await further updates from the ongoing investigation into the shocking incident that claimed his life.
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Source: Greenville Online