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Deputy shoots 70-year-old man after mistaking cane for gun

Deputy Shoots 70-Year-Old Man After Mistaking Cane for Gun

A controversial case In South Carolina has gotten lots of attention in the news. A deputy shot a 70-year-old man during a traffic stop, and was immediately brought to tears. HLN explains what happened.

'A shocking dash-cam video shows a deputy shooting an elderly man. Now he says he thought the man had a shot gun - no! It was a cane!'

York County Deputy Terrance Knox shot 70-year-old Bobby Canipe stopping his car over in Clover, South Carolina.

'Sir! Hey, hey, hey! (gun shots) Shots fired, shots fired! Drop the gun, drop the gun!'

Canipe was hit once but is expected to recover. When Knox realized Canipe was only holding a cane, he started to cry

"I tried to tell him 'don't move' but he, he pulled it out anyway! (crying)"

Trent Faris, a spokesman for the York County Sheriff's Office, says Knox followed procedure.

'It does appear at this time that deputy Knox's actions were an appropriate response to what he reasonably believed to be an imminent threat to his life'

The Herald Online quotes Sheriff Bruce Bryant..

'We're not making excuses. You've got to realize that these officers must act to protect their own safety. You do not exit your vehicle and go meet the police officer. You do not do that.'

Knox has been placed on paid administrative leave, and the incident is under investigation. A prosecutor will determine if any charges will be filed.


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ashatus March 17 2014 at 4:22 PM

My heart goes out to both the deputy and the victim. I feel the deputy is a loving person. But in another senario it really wouldn't matter that the old man a cane or not. Not since "I thought he had a gun" has becone a valid defense.

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charley March 17 2014 at 2:18 PM

what happened here is very sad, but in this day is anyone surprised?

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Da Flor March 17 2014 at 8:20 AM

A pair of prescription Glasses might help

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wrench642 March 17 2014 at 8:21 AM

why would he get out of his car...I understand the officer was quick with his gun, but you should never get out of your car when being pulled over...

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unkasanta wrench642 March 17 2014 at 8:54 AM

BULL!

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Dick March 17 2014 at 2:14 PM

When you get in the authority business which a police officer is you take the risk as part of your job. No training will allow for a trigger happy person of authority to use his weapon when he is threatened to stop. Not necessary coverup here but highly suspicious of what actually took place. Hopefully the end result turns out for all involved.

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kkishb1999 March 17 2014 at 8:27 AM

I personally feel we have a lot of really good police officers. I also feel we have too many that are trigger and power happy. In this case I truly feel for the officer. The old man most likely could not hear. Unfortunately there is NOT enough training that goes into police readiness and they need to train for these types of situations. The officer needed to protect himself and at the same time understand what and whom he is dealing with. Good luck to both of them.

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unkasanta kkishb1999 March 17 2014 at 8:46 AM

You really should see for yourself how cops are trained. They are trained to FIRST be forceful (to the point of violence), loud (to the point of screaming at the top of their lungs at an old person), and the best lie of their training is how they are trained to lie in their incedent report to protect their ass!

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cynthia March 17 2014 at 8:30 AM

I'am just glad he was a poor shooter! Can't imagine if one of his bullets hit a moving car or someone in the car? :(

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prehart4 March 17 2014 at 8:31 AM

thats bull.....an over reactive police force .. treating everyone as a thret and guilty of an act before they have the facts....no room for scared cops on the force....shoot first mentality....he yells shots fired puts up a false red flag to any officer comming to the sean putting the man in more danger... he was the only one that discharged a fire arm...the media has every one running scared labeling all citizens as threts...

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JOHN W. March 17 2014 at 8:31 AM

What kind of people are being hired as police officers? Seems the standard statement given by police in instances like this is: "...he reached for a banana, and I wuz afraid for my life, so I fired 50 rounds and reloaded". The 70 year old unfortunately needs a cane to get around. I'm certain that he never expected to be shot for walking with it. Looks like a modified version of the "stand your ground" law has been made available for use by police where they are given a pass to murder based on what "they say" made them "afraid for their lives", where, in truth, no real threat is present. These murder victims are generally found to be unarmed. Perhaps what is being seen here is a "preview of coming attractions" that may be part of a grand scheme of intimidation that sanctions legalized murder of the unarmed. After all, the armed just may shoot back.

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onemadashell JOHN W. March 17 2014 at 8:45 AM

the wrong kind. idiots that should never be in charge of serving the public.

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Ron March 17 2014 at 1:43 PM

In my humble opinion, and I have a brother who's a cop, today's law enforcement personnel are a tad trigger-happy, and sometimes overreact to situations that don't actually place them in harm's way. That's the case here, I believe. Perhaps the elderly driver didn't hear or understand the policeman's orders. So the cop automatically pumped two shots into the man over a mere miscommunication? It seems to me that shooting a person is a last resort, and not a first response, at least in most cases. Perhaps cops should use their vehicle's public address systems or hand-held devices to bark orders, instead of relying on shouting. My father is 70, has never received a ticket, nor been in even a minor accident in 52-years of driving, so I'm siding with the victim in this case. Disciplinary action is warranted for the policeman, and my cop brother concurs.

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brockman1161 Ron March 17 2014 at 1:52 PM

If your brother is a cop and truly concurs, he either works in an office or has never been in a situation that requires a split second life altering decision., if he has he is just as nieve as the rest, hope God watches over him, he needs it.

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