Covington man suffers heart attack while hunting

CONYERS — A 51-year-old Covington man died Saturday from a heart attack while deer hunting, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Cpl. Eric Sanders said that Scott Carpenter had met a friend Saturday morning in a wooded area off McCart Road to go deer hunting. Sanders said the friend reported that Carpenter had not been feeling well and had shown up a little late.

After the two met in the woods, they went their separate ways to hunt, with Carpenter positioning himself in a deer stand erected about 25 feet off the ground.

Later in the morning, Carpenter’s friend attempted to call him on his cell phone but was unable to reach him, so he went to the deer stand, where he found Carpenter’s body, Sanders said.

The friend called 911, and Sanders, along with deputies with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office as well as personnel from Rockdale County Fire & Rescue, responded.

“The fire department did an excellent job and handled the situation with extreme professionalism, even at great risk to themselves,” Sanders said.

Sanders, who said he had known Carpenter for many years, said he appeared to have suffered a massive heart attack.

“He died doing what he loved to do,” Sanders said.