A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper shot an unarmed driver during a routine traffic stop at a convenience store while the man was reaching into his vehicle for his driver’s license. Authorities have released the patrol car’s dash-camera video showing the September 4th incident in which trooper Sean Groubert stopped Levar Jones around 5:00 pm at a Circle K parking lot for a seat belt violation.
Jones was just getting out of his vehicle when the highway patrol cruiser approached. The officer asked Jones for his driver’s license. Jones pivoted toward his vehicle to retrieve something, but then the trooper drew his firearm and yelled “Get out of the car! Get out of the car!” and fired four shots as Jones backed away from his car with his hands in the air. Jones, who was unarmed, was reaching for his license as directed by the trooper. He was shot in the hip by Groubert, but was not killed.
Groubert, 31, has been fired from the Highway Patrol and arrested and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. His bond was set at $75,000. He faces up to 20 years imprisonment if convicted of wrongfully shooting Levar Jones.
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Image credit: SC Highway Patrol Dash-Camera