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No charges for deputy who shot elderly man reaching for cane during traffic stop


A York County Sheriff's deputy who shot an elderly man during a traffic stop in February will not be facing charges, according to a release from the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

The release states that investigators "concluded that the shooting of Mr. Bobby Canipe by Deputy Terrence Knox was an accident and that the deputy had no criminal intent when he fired the shots that evening. No charges will be filed in this matter."

The incident happened on February 25 on North Main Street near Motseller Street in Clover.

Officials said Deputy Terrence Knox, a three-year veteran of the department, pulled over a pickup truck being driven by 70-year-old Bobby Canipe because of an expired license plate.

Canipe got out of the truck and grabbed his cane from the bed. That's when, deputies said, Knox fired several shots, striking Canipe once.

The whole incident was caught on the deputy's dash cam.

"When [Knox] first observes Mr. Canipe reaching for something [Knox] attempts to get his attention by calling to him," the SLED report states. "Mr. Canipe does not respond and keeps pulling the long object from the vehicle ultimately pointing at Deputy Knox."

The report continues, "From the time Deputy Knox first starts calling to him to the first shot fired is four seconds or less."

SLED officials also pointed to Knox' reaction on the video once he realized the cane was not a weapon.

"Any remaining doubts anyone may have about the authenticity of [Knox'] mistake are swept away by the sincere remorse he expresses upon learning of his error and the subsequent overwhelming grief he displays shortly after help arrives," the report states.

In the dash cam video, Knox breaks into tears as the other officers arrived.

Canipe was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he recovered from his injury.

Deputy Knox was not injured in the incident, but was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

"This is a tragic event with painful repercussions for Mr. Canipe and his family as well as Deputy Knox," the SLED report states, "It is my hope that the only positive repercussion from this may be that the public becomes more aware of the proper protocol to follow when being pulled over for a traffic violation."

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