A South Carolina deputy, who shot a 70-year-old man as he reached in his truck for a long, slender object that turned out to be a cane during a traffic stop, broke down and cried, according to the dashcam video of the incident.
York County Deputy Terrance Knox, said he feared that the object was a shotgun. He's been put on administrative leave while agents investigate the incident.
The deputy had pulled over Bobby Canipe of North Carolina, for expired tags.
In the newly released video, Canipe is seen pulling to the side of the road and getting out of his pickup. He then reaches inside the cabin as the deputy yells "Sir!" several times. Canipe pulls through the window a long slender object as the deputy yells "Whoa, whoa whoa!"
The deputy can be heard firing shots.
Canipe shouts that the object was a walking stick.
The deputy then runs toward him to help.
Canipe was hit by one of the bullets and has since been released by the hospital, the State reports.
York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant urged people to put themselves in the deputy's shoes in that moment.
"I would have had to take the same action he did," Bryant told The State.Via The State