YORK, S.C.-- The South Carolina deputy who shot a 70-year-old North Carolina man after mistaking his cane for a shotgun during an after-dark traffic stop will not be charged.
Prosecutors told media outlets Thursday that the February shooting was an accident and that York County Deputy Terrance Knox had no criminal intent. Dash cam video shows the driver, Bobby Canipe of Lincolnton, North Carolina, reaching for a cane in the back of his truck.
Authorities say Knox thought it was a gun and fired several shots, some of which hit Canipe.
He survived. Knox was placed on administrative leave after the incident and has since returned the work. The video also captures the deputy sobbing when another officer arrived at the scene minutes later.