COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The shooting of a 70-year-old North Carolina man reaching for his cane by a York County deputy was the ninth officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year.
That puts the state at a pace of more than one person shot by an officer each week. The State Law Enforcement Division says officer-involved shootings are on the rise in South Carolina, with 42 reported in 2013, up from 27 people shot by officers in 2009.
Authorities say Bobby Canipe (kah-NYP') was shot once Tuesday after being stopped for an expired license plate as he drove home to Lincolnton, N.C., from the Daytona 500. York County deputies says the shooting appeared to be appropriate because 24-year-old deputy Terrence Knox thought Canipe was reaching for a rifle from the bed of his pickup.