The South Carolina deputy who shot a 70-year-old North Carolina man after mistaking his cane for a shotgun during an after-dark traffic stop will not be charged.
Prosecutors told media outlets Thursday that the February shooting was an accident and that York County Deputy Terrance Knox had no criminal intent.
Dash cam video shows the driver, Bobby Canipe of Lincolnton, North Carolina, reaching for a cane in the back of his truck. Authorities say Knox thought it was a gun and fired several shots, some of which hit Canipe. He survived.
Knox was placed on administrative leave after the incident and has since returned the work. The video also captures the deputy sobbing when another officer arrived at the scene minutes later.
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(WCNC) A 70-year-old man reaching for his cane was shot by a deputy in York County, South Carolina Tuesday evening according to the sheriff's office.
It happened during a traffic stop on Highway 321 in Clover.
During a Tuesday press conference, the sheriff's office said Deputy Terence Knox pulled over Canipe for an expired license plate on his white pickup truck. Police say Canipe got out of his vehicle, despite Deputy Knox telling him not to. Canipe then reached for his cane.
Deputy Knox feared he was reaching for a weapon, according to investigators.
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