SC deputy cried after shooting man, 70

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YORK, S.C. — The South Carolina deputy who shot a 70-year-old man during a traffic stop after mistaking his cane for a shotgun during an after-dark traffic stop broke down in tears as other officers arrived, according to dash-cam video released Wednesday.

York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant speaks about a shooting of a 70-year-old man by one of his deputies. Bryant said he thinks his officer did the right thing because the man's cane could have been mistaken for a gun.   ASSOCIATED PRESS
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York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant speaks about a shooting of a 70-year-old man by one of his deputies. Bryant said he thinks his officer did the right thing because the man's cane could have been mistaken for a gun.

York County Deputy Terrance Knox is on administrative leave as state agents investigate the shooting last month of Bobby Canipe of North Carolina. In the video, Canipe quickly pulls over on the four-lane highway near Clover outside Charlotte after Knox puts on his blue lights and siren. Canipe’s tag had expired about six weeks earlier.

Canipe gets out of the pickup and turns toward the bed without acknowledging Knox as the deputy yells “Sir!” three times. Canipe reaches in the back and pulls out a slender object with the tip pointed at the officer. Knox yells “Whoa!” several times as he fires a half-dozen shots.

“It’s a walking stick,” Canipe said as the shots ended. Knox shouted an expletive as he immediately ran to check on Canipe, who was hit once and expected to recover. The whole sequence takes about 15 seconds.

Knox begins to sob when another officer arrives a few minutes later and puts his arm around him.

“I promise to God I thought it was a shotgun,” Knox said in tears.

Before showing the video, York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant urged reporters to put themselves in the moment and see how Canipe doesn’t respond to the officer and pulls out the object in the dark. He said officers in South Carolina are allowed to use deadly force if they think their lives are in imminent danger.

“I would have had to take the same action he did,” said Bryant, who has been in law enforcement for 42 years.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting and will send its report to a prosecutor, to decide if any charges should be filed. Bryant said his officers get extensive training, even taking part in exercises where people emerge with cellphones and other items and pellets are shot at deputies,

“You watch the action of the walking cane. He was hollering at the man,” Bryant said. “You can’t wait to see a muzzle flash before you take action because when you see the muzzle flash, it’s too late.”

Canipe has been released from the hospital, the sheriff said. His deputy has also been offered counseling. Neither Canipe nor his family could be found for comment Wednesday. Canipe was shot while driving back to his Lincolnton, N.C., home with a friend after watching the Daytona 500 race in Florida. Knox can’t been seen on the video as he fired the shots, but sheriff’s office attorney Kristie Jordan said the deputy was out in the open trying to get behind his cruiser as he fired. She said Knox did not know the man’s age, name or any other information as he pulled him over.

In the video, Knox rushes to help him immediately. Canipe tells the deputy he will be all right, and the woman friend immediately said “oh no you won’t.”

“I’m disabled and I was trying to get my cane out,” Canipe explained as the woman shouts at him to find his cellphone to call his family.

Canipe’s friend then starts praying as Knox asks him more questions.

“That’s all I ask I ask of you Lord, is please help him and take care of him Lord,” the woman is heard saying on the video. “We were just innocent people going home. There wasn’t a thing wrong with us.”

Several officers consoled Knox, including one who said: “You’re solid. You done what you had to do. You felt like your life was in danger,”

When an ambulance arrived for Canipe, Knox breaks down even more, saying over and over again “why did he have to get out of the car?”

Bryant also on Wednesday showed a second video where an officer shot a dog on a long chain that he said tried to attack him on March 4. That shooting was only captured on the officer’s microphone. Jordan said the two shootings have caused a storm of outrage against the sheriff’s office on social media with secretaries taking calls full of profanities and threats.

“This has been a very demoralizing, disturbing and disappointing time,” Jordan said.

Bryant said the people insulting his officers forget they are human beings who have to work with the fear of not making it home alive every day.

“If I have a police officer I thought wasn’t afraid of anything, I wouldn’t want him working for me,” Bryant said. “Officers fear just like you fear.”

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/13/14 - 08:45 am
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Tragic accident

I see no blame on the officer here. The deceased (I will not call him a victim) let his tag expire and then failed to respond properly to the officer. Now as to the second point, possibly the deceased was hard of hearing, but clearly the officer was not at fault as shown by both his actions and his immediate remorse when he found out it was a cane.

Mudge
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Mudge 03/13/14 - 09:02 am
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Dixie Man try reading the

Dixie Man try reading the whole article before bloviating. Sure I agree the 70 year old was at fault for his actions. He is not deceased however as the article makes perfectly clear. You might not call him a victim but he is indeed a victim, whether of his own actions or that of another. That being said no one deserves to be shot over a common traffic incident. Believe it or not the world is full of shades of gray.

foxsilong
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foxsilong 03/13/14 - 09:10 am
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so much for 70 years of living experience

“why did he have to get out of the car?”

P.s. not all crying is an act of acknowledging guilt. He might be crying because he knows was going get penalized, maybe lose his job or going to jail.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/13/14 - 10:07 am
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So, the AC reports that the

So, the AC reports that the video has been released yet the AC does not include the video in the story. It's an important piece of the story, IMO.

NoCatchyName
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NoCatchyName 03/13/14 - 11:36 am
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We have a place where one

We have a place where one officer is in fear for his life because of a chained dog and another who is in fear for his life because of a 70 year old man picking up his cane. Both of these officers reacted with deadly force.

I would fear for my life if encountered by an officer from this jurisdiction.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/13/14 - 12:22 pm
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@Giants All Day, here you go!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1WUU21CR0Q

One ignorant AC commenter said the other day that police officers live to shoot someone. Whoever you were, do you believe that now?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/13/14 - 02:08 pm
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Dixieman, I don't think you bloviate.

And calling Canipe "the deceased" doesn't alter the truth of your observations in the least. It's nice he didn't die, but he sure didn't have all his dogs barking if he could decide to get out of his car at night on a four-lane highway without broadcasting his intent loud and clear to the officer who pulled him over. And who in their right mind and after dark would reach for something long and narrow and then point it at a cop? Big brain cramp.

And, Mudge, you are right that no one deserves to be shot over a common traffic incident, including the cop. Hopefully, in your gratuitous slam at the Dixieman, you also had Office Knox in mind when you wrote that line.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/13/14 - 02:47 pm
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I believe that many do. A lot

I believe that many do. A lot of people think my beliefs are ignorant and I believe that some others' beliefs are ignorant. It's the way it goes on this comment section, as in life.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 03/13/14 - 06:27 pm
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Citizens are
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idiots for the most part. They put a criminal back in the White House for a second term. I hope Mr. Canipe returns to normal and officer Knox completely recovers from this trauma, to save his own life in the future.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/13/14 - 08:44 pm
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?????

"“Whoa!” several times as he fires a HALF-DOZEN SHOTS."

A lot can be said at this time, but I just ain't!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/13/14 - 08:53 pm
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????

"Canipe gets out of the pickup and turns toward the bed for a cane."

If he got out of the pickup, Why did he need a cane?

REWORDED..

If he needed a cane, why did he get out of the Pickup?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/13/14 - 08:52 pm
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Only

one error and mistake in this entire sad situation.

"“why did he have to get out of the car?”

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 03/13/14 - 09:29 pm
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What a story officer cried

What a story officer cried aftering shooting a unarmed black subject. I never heard of any officers, who has shot and killed a black subject weep.First of all, this officer who thought a cane was a shot gun must not had proper training. I'm sure officers trained with guns on a daily basics and should no the difference from a cane and a shot gun. This officer claimed to weep is a bunch of bologna. There a pattern of excessive force used by white officers toward black subjects. When will someone speak out about these deadly shooting that is occurring rapidly against black subject by white officers?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/13/14 - 09:35 pm
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I Read The Article 3 Times

Please let me know where the word "Black" was hidden!!

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 03/14/14 - 09:25 am
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@kissofdeath

As far as I can tell from the video, the officer was black and the 70-year-old man was white. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggas9eVGKsk

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