Dashcam Video Sheds Light on Cop Shooting 70-Year-Old Disabled Man

Brandon Turbeville

Finally, police dashcam video has been released in the shooting of a Lincolnton, North Carolina man in York County, South Carolina. The victim of the all-too-typical police shooting was traveling back home to North Carolina via the South Carolina route, when he was pulled over by fearful York County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Terrence Knox for an expired license plate.

Dashcam Video Sheds Light on Cop Shooting 70-Year-Old Disabled Man

The victim, 70year-old Bobby Canipe, who is handicapped, was shot by Deputy Knox when he got out of the vehicle and reached into the back of his truck for his cane, which is when Deputy Knox’s uncontrollable fear took over and the Deputy fired not one but several shots at Canipe, hitting him once.

Deputy Knox has since been placed on paid vacation, also known as paid leave, while the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division “investigates” the incident and does whatever it can to blame the victim and eliminate any legitimacy to claims of wrongdoing on the part of the fearless deputy.

Trent Faris, official spokesman of the York County Sheriff’s Office stated that the shooting was unfortunate but “appeared to be appropriate because Knox felt an imminent threat to his life,” according to the Associated Press.

Despite the fact that Canipe was 70 years old, disabled, and was pulled over for a minor (read “ridiculous”) infraction to begin with, many may have wondered if the video would show any remote form of a possible reason to believe that Deputy Knox was justified in opening fire on him.

Thankfully, the video clears this question up quite well.


From watching the altercation, it is clear that the sole blame of the shooting lies on the shoulders of Deputy Knox who not only initiated the interaction but reacted to it in a crazed, paranoid, and hysterical manner. Indeed, from watching the video, it is clear that not only did Canipe pose no threat to Knox, there was no reason to even believe that he might have.

The viewer is clearly able to see that Canipe is elderly and that he is removing a cane from the bed of his truck. Indeed, the cane is already out of the truck before Knox opens fire.

Of course, the Rock Hill Herald has made the decision not to show the exact moment of the shooting either in an effort to protect the guilty party or simply to censor real life. However, the responsibility for the shooting is still clearly visible despite the viewer being unable to actually see Canipe being struck by Knox’s gunfire.

In a testament to Knox’s police work, Knox can still be heard yelling at Canipe to “drop the gun” even though, after the Herald sees fit to return the footage, Canipe is seen leaning on the cane. Knox’s police experience apparently did not take into consideration that the odds of a gun-owner keeping their weapon in the bed of their truck and then leaning on it (particularly after they tried to shoot a cop) are quite low.

Although, admittedly, Knox did show more regret than many of his colleagues who have shot and even killed innocent people, police officers have taken on a line of work with tremendous responsibility. A simple “Oops” or “I’m sorry” simply doesn’t cut it after you have shot someone in the stomach.

Despite the fact that Knox’s idiocy, paranoia, and uncontrollable fear resulted in an innocent man being shot, the York County Sheriff’s Office is defending his actions and Knox has been placed on paid leave during the course of a SLED investigation.

It is the action and response of the York County Sheriff’s Department, however, that speaks louder than even the insane reaction of the incompetent Deputy. The fact that the YCSD, even after reviewing the video provided above, would even consider suggesting that Knox acted appropriately speaks volumes about the quality and nature of that department.

The people of York County would be wise to reconsider the militaristic, violent, and unaccountable monster they have allowed York County Sheriff’s Department to become before these incidents become daily occurrences in York County.

One Response

  1. Adam says:

    I’m angry at the situation, but as I would normally be furious at the officer involved and happily slap the term “killer” on them, especially when they are on a power trip and unrepentant, I can’t be as angry at this young man.

    Did you hear what the wife said? She was angry and scared, but she comforted the deputy along with her husband. She was clearly within her right to be in an all out rage against him. But she wasn’t.

    I am sad for all parties in this situation. I’m not going to sling insults. His reaction was too quick. He initiated the stop operating on a platform of fear. Rather than absolute control which is what a officer SHOULD HAVE over a stop. And there is a difference between control and abuse. This is the overwhelming problem that the system has created. They are trained that every person they pull over is meaning to do ill to them. And in 90% of all traffic stops that is just not the case.

    He seems like he’s a young kid. And he doesn’t seem to be on an ego trip. He reacted out of fear and an innocent died because of it. It’s a tragedy. This is a tragedy. And even though he is the instigator of the tragedy, the trigger man if you will; all 3 of them are victims. The lady lost her husband. The man lost his life. (If he was a Christian though at least he only suffered for a few moments.) and the deputy, the kid; he’s going to have to live with the fact that his mistake cost a man his life and a lady her husband. And that is going to be hell on that young man. It’s not on rouge cops who couldn’t care less who they shoot and are just on a power trip which is more fitting with the term “police state”. But I heard the grief in the young man’s voice. I heard the sorrow at the realization of what he’d done. It doesn’t make up for it and it doesn’t bring the old man back. But it does make a difference. At least it does in my heart.

    Kid’s going to need as much prayers as this man’s widow. I don’t think the agency will need to fire him. I don’t think he is going to remain a officer if he was allowed. He just does not seem like he’s the kind with the stomach for it. Fearing it may happen again. God help them all.

Leave a Reply

© 2014 Pakalert Press. All rights reserved.