Good Thing The Cop’s Aim Sucks

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A police officer shot a 70-year-old man who was reaching for his walking stick, mistakenly believing he was grabbing a long rifle. Luckily the officer had poor aim and only hit the man once out of the several times he fired.

York County deputy Terrence Knox pulled over Bobby Canipe for an expired license tag. When Canipe got out of his pickup trick and reached for his cane, officer Knox fired multiple rounds, believing him to be grabbing a long rifle.

York County Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said, “The situation is very unfortunate. It does appear, at this time, that Deputy Knox’s actions were an appropriate response to what he reasonably believed to be an imminent threat to his life.”

Bobby Canipe is expected to survive the attack and is listed as being in fair condition at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Knox has been placed on administrative leave.