A South Carolina deputy shot a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran after mistaking a cane for a shotgun, and began sobbing inconsolably once he realized the full weight of his mistake.
The entire incident was captured by the officer’s dashcam, which was released Wednesday.
York County Deputy Terrance Knox stopped Bobby Canipe on Feb. 25 for an expired license plate, according to local CBS affiliate WBTV. The vet got out of his truck, but reached back in and pulled out a long object.
Thinking it was a shotgun, Knox yelled “Hey sir. Sir, sir! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!”
The deputy then fired six rounds, striking Canipe once in the abdomen.
As Knox ordered Canipe to “drop the gun,” he told the deputy, “It’s a walking stick.” After realizing what had just occurred, Knox rushed to assist Canipe.
As other officers arrive on the scene, Knox said through tears, “I promise to God I thought it was a shotgun.” One of the officers attempted to console the distraught deputy as he sobbed uncontrollably.
Canipe did survive the tragic incident.
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