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Elderly Man Shot For Pulling A Deadly Weapon

wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina |

YORK, SC (WBTV) – A South Carolina deputy who during a traffic stop shot a 70-year-old man reaching for his cane broke down in tears as other officers arrived.

Investigators in York County held a news conference Wednesday afternoon where Sheriff Bruce Bryant released the in car video of the officer-involved shooting that occurred on Feb. 25.

An elderly man was shot by a York County Sheriff”s deputy that Tuesday evening during a traffic stop, according to officials.

The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. on North Main Street near Motseller Street in Clover.

Officials say 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 then got out of the truck and Deputy Terrance Knox yells “Sir” a few times and Canipe keeps moving.

When he reaches in the bed and gets the cane, Knox yells “whoa” and starts shooting. Canipe was hit once.

Knox then almost as quickly seems to realize Canipe had a cane, then cursed and rushed to help.

“The situation is very unfortunate. 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; however, a full internal investigation will be conducted,” Sheriff Bruce Bryant said in a statement released the follow day.

Canipe was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Deputy Knox was not injured. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending a full investigation.

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is now investigating the case.
If you consider a cane, a deadly weapon….

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18 Responses to Elderly Man Shot For Pulling A Deadly Weapon

  1. Profile photo of ghepetto
    ghepetto Male 18-29
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    March 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    Link: Elderly Man Shot For Pulling A Deadly Weapon - If you consider a cane, a deadly weapon....
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2014 at 6:04 am
    If you consider a cane, a deadly weapon....

    If you reach for hidden objects at a police stop take a guess what they`ll think you`re going for..... Oh he`s supposed to wait till he gets shot next time I see.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 14, 2014 at 6:37 am

    It did look sort a like a gun, but the video isn`t the best quality. Could a person on the scene see it better? I`d have to rule this a tragic accident.
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    fancythat Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2014 at 6:43 am
    Broke down and cried? I thought the official response to a weapon being discharged into the elderly by a cop is to first make sure they can`t sue, if ya know what I mean, then arrest any family members that start asking nosy questions.

    Maybe the cop`s gigajoule light wasn`t bright enough. Perhaps if we all spend enough tax money on cops, they can finally be fitted with multiple terrajoule bulbs that will melt the faces of the accused.
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    Randy4861 Male 40-49
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    March 14, 2014 at 6:53 am
    This is a very tragic event. I`m sure we all feel very bad for the elderly gentleman and hope he has a full recovery.
    The officer reacted to what he perceived as a threat to his life. Sadly, in todays violent society and with people making comments on social media like fancythat just did, the police are under intense pressure. The man`s actions in retrieving his cane did mimic someone pulling a long barrel weapon from the bed of the truck. The officer reacted as he is trained.
    Now, if this had been a white officer shooting an elderly black man, all hell would be breaking loose on this thread. In this reverse case, police in general will take the brunt of the negative comments.
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    dmoltrup Male 30-39
    162 posts
    March 14, 2014 at 8:15 am
    Always remain in your vehicle, put your hands at the top of the steering wheel, and when reaching for something, announce what you are reaching for, and where it is. This will eliminate any confusion!
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    djwajda Male 40-49
    885 posts
    March 14, 2014 at 10:33 am
    Sad accident indeed. I wonder how many of those with negative comments towards the cop have been in this situation and can say with 100% certainty how one should react?
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2014 at 11:25 am
    Cop was in the right, and it was an unfortunate, but legal shooting.

    The real question is, what would happen if the cop were white and the old guy was black?
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    ForSquirel Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm
    Unfortunate for sure. Cop did what he had to though. That`s why in many states it`s illegal to carry a loaded cane. No pun intended.
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    cfwestdotie Male 18-29
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    March 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm
    would this happen in any other country :-(
  11. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2014 at 6:06 pm
    would this happen in any other country

    Yes, Europe doesn`t constitute every other country BTW and as much as you like to tell yourselves your police don`t have guns they do.
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    CreamK Male 40-49
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    March 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm
    Jep, we have guns on our police. WOuldn`t have it any other way. We got "swat teams" that are armed to their teeth.. And literally a handful of shootings per year per country. Per capita, USA uses more bullets on a single day than Europe uses per year. Suck on that..

    And there`s no choice other than Europe in profile page, you dumbass.. I would very much like to represent my own country, it`s IAB that puts us all as a single group, not us personally.
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    iscariot40 Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm
    I think the real story is that on 7 shots fired he only got him once? That old man is lucky the cop couldn`t hit the side of a barn with a tank from 50 yards out.
  14. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2014 at 9:07 am
    [quote">And there`s no choice other than Europe in profile page, you dumbass.. I would very much like to represent my own country, it`s IAB that puts us all as a single group, not us personally.[/quote">

    No s**t Sherlock. Problem is here we don`t care cause you`re as a whole pretentious and obnoxious.

    You`re also wrong Anthony Grainger was shot and killed unarmed by a police officer not SWAT they`ve got MP5s that`s a sub machine gun!
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2014 at 9:10 am
    Azelle Rodney. also unarmed....
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2014 at 9:15 am
    Mark Duggan. Guess what wasn`t found on him!
  17. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2014 at 9:18 am
    Jean Charles de Menezes Wow shot in the head 7 times! With hollow points no less....
  18. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2014 at 9:18 am
    Shall I keep going?

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