SC Trooper Charged for Shooting Unarmed Man

Victim was just reaching for license
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2014 10:47 AM CDT

Officials say a former South Carolina state trooper is charged with a felony in the shooting of an unarmed man during a traffic stop earlier this month. The SC Law Enforcement Division says in a news release that 31-year-old Sean Groubert was charged yesterday with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Authorities say Groubert stopped a driver in Columbia for a seat belt violation on Sept. 4. The man got out of his car, and investigators say the trooper shot him as he reached back into his vehicle. Groubert was fired last week.

Prosecutors released video of the traffic stop that shows the trooper asking the driver for his license, then firing several shots as the man reaches back into his vehicle. The man then screams, "What did I do?" and tells the trooper he was just trying to get his license. Groubert says he shot the man because he was reaching back into his car. (More police shooting stories.)

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