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Copper theft victim tried to shoot power lines with rifle in Fayette County

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Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies and investigators with the National Park Service are looking into a death that happened in the Thurmond area on Wednesday, May 8.

According to officials with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, a person was killed while apparently trying to steal copper.  The incident happened four miles up Beury Mountain, above Thurmond.  Dispatchers said that emergency responders were dispatched at around 10:33 a.m.

When Rangers and Deputies arrived they found a body tangled up in a high-voltage power line.  Deputies believe that the victim and another person were trying to steal copper by shooting down the power lines with a rifle.  The victim apparently touched a live power line and was electrocuted.  The victim has not been identified, but deputies said that he is a resident of Fayette County.

The second man, Charles Raymond Norris, 22, of Oak Hill was arrested.  He is charged with attempt to commit a felony, conspiracy to commit a felony and disruption of a public utility.  There is no word on his bond.

Deputies said that the investigation into the copper theft is still open.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Fayette County Sheriff's Officer at 304-574-4216.