In a horrible event in South Carolina, a police officer on a traffic stop shot a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran 6 times as the man reached for his cane, a move the police officer thought was reaching for his gun. After the veteran notifies the cop that he was reaching for his cane, the cop sobs uncontrollably. Fortunately, the veteran is expected to survive the incident.
Dramatic dash cam video shows a South Carolina traffic stop gone horribly wrong.
Vietnam veteran Bobby Canipe was driving back home to North Carolina from the Daytona 500 in Florida when he was pulled over by a deputy in York County, South Carolina for an expired license plate.
Canipe got out of the truck, not acknowledging the deputy, then reached for something in the back of his pickup truck.
Thinking Canipe was pulling a weapon from the truck’s bed, the deputy yells out a warning to Canipe. “Hey sir. Sir, sir,” says the deputy as Canipe pulls the cane out of the truck’s bed, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!”
The deputy then opens fire, shooting six times and striking 70-year-old Canipe once in the stomach.
“Drop the gun!” yells the deputy. Canipe responds, “It’s a walking stick.”
Realizing his mistake, the distraught deputy rushes to assist the wounded man.
“I am so sorry,” the deputy can be heard telling Canipe before other officers and EMTs arrive and he collapses into tears.