A 70-year-old man reaching for his cane was shot by a deputy in York County SC, during a traffic stop.
The sheriff’s office said Deputy 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.
“The driver of the vehicle, 70-year-old Bobby Dean Canipe of Lincolnton, exited the vehicle and reached into the truck bed, and rose what Deputy Knox perceived to be a long-barreled weapon, The situation is very unfortunate. It does appear at this time that Deputy Knox’s actions were an appropriate response to what he believed to be an imminent threat to his life” said York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris.
The sheriff’s office says in the dark, Knox believed he had to make a split second, life or death decision. He fired multiple rounds toward the truck, at Canipe, hitting him once.