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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.

  • “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.”


    Then fire Trent Farris as well as Officer Knox.

    • Guest

      So Larry your thinking is now shoot first ask questions later for a license plate infraction after he’s dead? WRONG answer buddy, wait til its one of ur kids or wife and they drop there phone between the seats as there trying to call u to let u know they’ve been pulled over, oh wait larry its to late they’ve been shoot over there cell phone, oh Im sorry Larry the cop was justified in shooting ur wife or your child, good luck with that

      • I don’t know what your issue is, beyond apparently reading comprehension, but I was arguing that the officer and his apologist should be FIRED for this Tony. Not sure how that translates into supporting “shoot first, ask questions later.”

        • Guest

          well here’s what u typed, I copied an pasted your words, so not sure how I mis interrupted them, lol.
          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.”

          • Well Tony, those two little marks in my post before and after what you cite are called quotation marks. That’s because what I typed was a direct quote from the police spokesperson in the article. My point was that his statement was ridiculous. Perhaps read the article first before commenting on the comments.

          • Guest

            ok so u typed what he said, so u agree with the cop, I see that, lol, so im still right unless your changing your stance all of a sudden

          • You know it’s one thing to make a mistake, it’s quite another to double down when you’ve been called on it.

          • violettablooms

            Larry, as a former Reading Comprehension Teacher in a high school, I have to encourage you to give up. Your “guest” is probably well beyond the age where any explanation of the use of quotes prior to making your comment is going to bring about a “light bulb” experience.

          • Kristina Reed

            You’re in the wrong & that is typical of a bully. It was apparent he was quoting the article & toting his sarcasm with it.

          • Ryan Novak

            He is quoting the article Tony. Notice how after those words Larry said “What??”

            The paragraph you pasted is from the Police spokesperson.

          • Tony

            Then I apologize to Larry Farlow, maybe he needs to make clear his thoughts and comments with out spaces, I thought he was also being sarcastic. I will delete my comments towards Larry that are negitive

          • dysonology

            If you would have bothered to read the article before you made a fool out of yourself, you would have known that the quote which was in ” marks, came from the York County Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris.

          • Tony

            I did bother myself to read and watch the article, thank god your so holy dysonology that your so perfect in every way not to have ever in your life time mis read something on the internet, my apology’s to you my master. I made no fool out of myself, mis interpretation of what he meant was all and I retracted my statements towards Larry

          • Mick

            Don’t invoke god to cover your stupidity. You were a tard and were rightly called on it. Best thing is to admit it and move on, not try to justify, because in justification of that stupidity you negate any personal accountability. Is that clear enough to understand? Just delete all your comments.

          • Miketrt

            Nice non-apology apology 🙂

          • Tony

            Thanks Miketrt, and I was sincere to him for what I said, just not to how he left spaces, and as I see others here mis read him as well, so all is fine I stood up and told him I was sorry for mis understanding him.

          • Miketrt

            Just giving you a little crap 🙂

          • Jedediah

            Quotes mean little to this one.

          • flan59

            Read the article…then notice the quotes in the comment and the words within those quote symbbols also appear in the article as words that came out of the police spokeaperson…

          • larrys guest

            copy and paste the whole thing ass. he repeated what was already said.. or did you not see the “WHAT??” under it… then followed by a then they should fire someone else also…… bottom line.. the cop got spooked when he reached for something the cop didn’t know what it was .. at night it might have looked like a gun.. but incase ya haven’t figured it out yet.. what happen to the warning shot.. so now a stick or cane in this case looks like a gun.. guys cooperating.. no ned to draw down and fire.. cop was probably a rookie with no experience… a seasoned cop would have taken shelter and tried to defuse the situation and called back up.. if the old man did pull a gun he would have had to aim it then the cop had probable cause… other then that.. the cop should not be paid and he should be tried as it is written above .. “as an attack”….. stop posting without reading and making yaself look foolish

          • Peter Hornbeck

            i am very sure what you did you tried to make it sound like larry was defending the cops didnt bother to read the rest of the statement and formed a opinion baised on half truth kinda like most all liberals

        • Guest

          It’s called sarcasm. You might want to get used to how the internet works before your butthurt becomes incurable.

        • David

          No. It was poor writing on your part. Yes, after reading a second time I got what you were saying. Not poor reading comprehension on his part. Poor writing on your part. Not hating on ya. Just telling you that this ones on you.

          • Thanks for the feedback but it was clear to the 43 folks who liked it I guess, as well as several of the commenters so I’ll have to disagree, especially given that the misunderstanding continued even after further clarification.

          • David

            Dude, I liked you comment. I got it. I’m sure it was the same for others with higher reading comprehension. That doen’t mean it could not have been writen more clearly. I’m not hating on you dude. Constructive criticism. No offense intended.

      • Keith Cameron

        Tony, I think you misread Larry’s response to this article.

        • Guest

          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.”.. How did mis understand this? I copied and pasted what he wrote word for word? so please explain what I missed

          • Keith Cameron

            He was quoting the article Tony, those aren’t Larry’s words.

          • Tony

            I see that now Keith and apologized, and removed my negative posts towards him. I though he was re-quoting the officer in agreement with him, I didn’t see the space he left for the what and the firing.

          • Mike Golden

            Guest; No you didn’t copy word for word what he wrote, the quotation mark at the beginning of the statement is what you missed. Lean to read and you won’t get into these arguments, it just makes you look stupid.

        • Bassman843

          I just saw that “What” just now. Easy mistake to make apparently.

          • Tony

            Larry needs to make sure in the future he is more clear on his comments with out spaces, I read it the same way you did bassman, but I did apologize to Larry for the mis reading of his post and deleted the negative posts aimed as his remarks. I am not afraid to say I was wrong, even though his thoughts were not clear until it was pointed out to me

      • AllMIghtyG0D

        It always amazes me at how STUPID PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF, have managed to live this long…

        Please do us all a favor, and get pulled over by a Cop on a rampage..

      • Mick

        Do you even…read, bro?

    • Chris Furgerson

      This is the universal response from REMF whenever their cops screw up. He this is policy the policy is wrong. If this is a screwup the cop needs to pay.

    • Jeff Tomeo

      Seems to me that if you get pulled over or confronted by a cop these days you stand a pretty good chance of getting shot. Therefore, one should probably assume their life is in danger and act accordingly.

      • Trenaway ElDaryl

        You are hitting this one right on. With these cops overreacting, hurting innocent people and killing them; people are going to start defending themselves. People are going to be so nervous when getting pulled over by a cop or any confrontation with them. All this does is put cops lives in more danger! I am not sure what kind of training cops are recieving now a days but I will say it sucks! Also the police forces need to stop defending and letting off bad cops! These cops need to loose their jobs and do jail time!

        • Mick

          I couldn’t agree more. I am a US Army veteran. I am also a former peace officer who served 2 years and got out of the job in disgust. I come from a family of nothing but cops, soldiers, and fire fighters. Even my grandmother was a retired cop. I turned “rogue” and went patriot after realizing this was no longer the police force I grew up on and around. I have been teaching militia everything I know for some years now. I will tell you that I see EVERY encounter with a law enforcement officer as a threat to me. I don’t trust them by default. And I’m getting damn tired of THIS sort of story being far too prevalent, and cops covering for cops. It’s to the point…that I don’t shed tears anymore for cops killed in the line of duty. When you fear them more than you feel protected by them, there is a problem in this country. I’d rather rely on the average armed citizens in a community at this point, because cops are far too dangerous and unaccountable.

        • Jim

          MAYBE less GUN REACTION MARKSMANSHIP training, and more CONSTITUTIONAL LAW training?

          • Mick

            More target identification training, more emphasis on verbal conflict resolution, more emphasis on use of the whole fuckin bat belt full of less than lethals which they are supposed to be using before they pull a sidearm on every fuckin person AND more constitutional training. I’ve seriously been pondering the fact that there should be a new grass roots movement to go after and hold these cops accountable. This is out of control. Individually, we will get nothing accomplished. There needs to be an organizational movement on this.

          • Jim

            HOW about also LESS “PAID LEAVE” from the Chief and more “WE are filing charges against Officer Dumbass”?

        • leann wilson

          Agreed 100%

      • Mick

        Dept of Justice own statistics state that the average American is EIGHT TIMES more likely to be killed by the POLICE than by a TERRORIST ATTACK. Cops in the US ARE the Taliban. They shoot first and identify targets and weapons later. It’s this new breed of Millennial little punk who grew up killing people on video games like it was nothing. Their first instinct is to go right to deadly force every fucking time.

        • Jim

          COPS getting MRAPS, MILITARY uniforms with baklavas to cover their faces, body armor, M-4 rifles, and they THINK the PUBLIC is the enemy while they are a “WARRIOR”. That is the problem. Too many of these cops think they are our OVERLORDS. I knew a few in the National Guard. AND even though I outranked them, they often thought they outranked me. ONE, in fact, even threatened to pull me over when I went ‘thru his town’. I told him my make/model/license of my car and said the second he does it, I’m suing and he’s losing his job.

      • Jennifer Jones

        Isint that the truth jeff,my x-husband became a police officer in a small city in ky,and he had no trainning what so ever,sounds like these officers are to scared to do their jobs and are quick to pull the trigger,.

    • fliteking

      Old men hobbling to the back of their trucks can be very threatening. . . .especially if they seem to be cooperating .

    • Bob Moench

      I guess ‘skull fucking’ him afterward MIGHT have been considered inappropriate…

    • Jim

      IF that’s ‘appropriate’ then the next time I’m pulled over I should immediately shoot the officer. CAUSE if he mistakes me pulling out a cane for a gun, I have a right to defend myself against UNJUSTIFIED deadly force.

  • Keith Cameron

    “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.”

    If I have to hear that one more time I’m going to puke! Time to disarm these Keystone Clowns.

    • flan59

      This is the stock reply when they kill homeless schizophrenic men too.

  • Tevis T

    I hope a gang banger takes this deputy out.

    • 1NonPermissive

      You’re just as bad as him.

  • Nate

    The deputy could have waited to see what he was pulling out of the car. Even if it had been a long rifle, the deputy would have had plenty of time to react. They need to teach police about gun safety. My grandfather and father would have both punished me severly +for such a lack of control witha weapon.

    • Mick

      Exactly. What this amounts to is a FAILURE to IDENTIFY your target as a threat before invoking deadly force. This punk should not only be fired but charged criminally, and sued civilly.

  • Tony

    Soooooooo, we no longer are innocent until proven guilty, we no longer have any rights? We get pulled over for a non violent offense and we get shoot? The officer cant wait to see what it is he is reaching for? What if it was his grandson or granddaughter that was crying in the back seat? The officer has to fire his entire volley of bullets at the man, really,luckily only one hit. I think I am safer in the USSR with the mentality the police have now all citizens are criminals.

    • 1NonPermissive

      There is no USSR anymore. Unless you’re talking about the direction America’s moving in.

      • Tony

        OMG, lol, yes I know its called the new soviet republic, its just easier to identify by us old fuckers by its old name USSR, my god people lighten up a little. And yes it had a double meaning so I used the letters USSR because when it was called that it was a nasty place to live, it may be slightly better now I don’t know from experience. So please pardon me for using a old term. We were once called the land of the free, do you think we still are? if you say yes your joking right?

        • Big Blue DadEo

          TOTAL ASIDE — Did you see the closing ceremonies from Sochi?? They totally miss the USSR days boy-howdy!~

  • Thomas Lavoie

    A US civil war is just around the corner. Once $9 gas arrives, it’s all over.
    2005 US Debt = 7.6T | Gold = $430/oz. | Gas = $1.82/gallon
    2006 US Debt = 8.1T | Gold = $520/oz. | Gas = $2.28/gallon
    2007 US Debt = 8.7T | Gold = $635/oz. | Gas = $2.40/gallon
    2008 US Debt = 10.7T | Gold = $875/oz. | Gas = $2.90/gallon
    2009 US Debt = 10.6T | Gold = $855/oz. | Gas = $2.75/gallon
    2010 US Debt = 12.3T | Gold = $1,100/oz. | Gas = $2.80/gallon
    2011 US Debt = 14T | Gold = $1,320/oz. | Gas = $3.15/gallon
    2012 US Debt = 15.2T | Gold = $1,540/oz. | Gas = $3.40/gallon
    2013 US Debt = 17T | Gold = $1,580/oz. | Gas = $4.50/gallon
    And here’s where we’re going:
    2014 US Debt = 18.8T | Gold = $2,200/oz. | Gas = $5.00/gallon
    2015 US Debt = 21T | Gold = $2,600/oz. | Gas = $6.00/gallon
    2016 US Debt = 22.7T | Gold = $3,100/oz. | Gas = $6.75/gallon
    2017 US Debt = 25.5T | Gold = $3,575/oz. | Gas = $7.50/gallon
    2018 US Debt = 28T | Gold = $3,800/oz. | Gas = $9.00/gallon
    So… we’ll surge to $28 trillion in U.S. debt by 2018. Based upon the chart above, that will put gas at $9 and gold at $3800.

  • Marnott

    Nothing will happen to him. That policeman will just have a paid vacation and then return to full duty to pick off more. The police have declared open season on citizens. Shoot them at will. There are too many of the vermin anyway.

  • fluffymonster

    These pussies believe everything is a threat to their life. And don’t forget their bosses are always there to cover their ass.

  • fluffymonster

    On and don’t forget they always get a paid vacation after they shoot people.

  • Rationalthinker

    ” imminent threat to his life.”?? What was that near-sighted idiot thinking? That the old man was going to walk circles around him?

  • Michael Brian Bentley

    The deputy’s situational awareness and training sound like they’re not up to snuff. Shooting a 70 year-old driver with a cane does not sound like an appropriate response. It does not sound like there was an imminent threat to his life. It also doesn’t sound like the deputy is that bad a shot.

  • Rob Morse

    Would I get to shoot a man reaching for his cane, or are there laws for them and separate laws for us?

    • Layla Godey

      That’s an important question. What would have happened to the average citizen if they had shot this man under the same circumstances, believing he was reaching for a gun? Prosecution for not properly assessing the situation before using deadly force, calls for gun disarmament?

      • Mick

        Exactly. Really, what I would like to know, is if I would be authorized in shooting these out of control cops to defend myself the second I saw them put their hand on top of their weapon in a threatening manner the way that they do? It’s a rhetorical question. I know I’d be prosecuted of course, but it’s a double standard. What I do like about Texas, is that it’s codified in law that you can kill a police officer who is using unreasonable force against you. A man was just NO BILLED here for shooting and killing one of these ninja clad thugs who kicked in his door on a no-knock warrant. THAT’S justice as far as I’m concerned.

  • Karmacomesaround

    Trigger happy cops on the rise.

    • Big Blue DadEo

      why do you think that is? – btw I agree — it does seem there are more stories like this lately. What are police seeing, being told by superiors &c. that have made them so easily spooked and quick to pull the trigger?

      • Mick

        How about it’s a generational thing? Millennials who grew up killing people all day long on video games, and who already have low reading comprehension and verbal skills from excessive gaming, computer use, and texting, have been conditioned not in the art of talking people down, reasoning through problems, nor going to the less lethal weapons first. No..what they know is they have this HALO rifle or what the hell ever they use on Call of Duty and the like. Are there any of those games which heighten communication skills, or the skills of de-escalation of a situation as a job well done and advancing to the next level? Nope.

  • Gabe1971

    Cops are here to serve and protect… The State.
    Shooting someone because “…what he reasonably believed to be an imminent threat to his life.”, beating someone to death while shouting “Stop Resisting!”, ripping cameras/cameraphones out of peoples hand because they’re filming an incident. If you don’t live by the concept of ACAB, prepare to become another statistic.

    • Chris Bandrosky

      Lol who told you that ! “Cops are here to serve and protect” LMFAO !!!!!! Yeah protect corporate interest and serve their masters! Don’t mean to put you down but you’re a fool if you believe that! Supreme Court already rule on this. Google it. Better yet look on their cruisers most have took the “protect &serve ” off of their cars. No conspiracy here just FACTS!

      • Gabe1971

        Did you fail reading comprehension? Reread the first line. Here , I’ll do it for you: “The police are here to protect and serve… (the three periods is implying a ‘dramatic pause’) THE STATE”.
        For crying out loud. Show me a pork sucker who’s going to live by the idea of ACAB (stands for All Cops Are Bastards).
        Take a pause and reread before you attack someone.

  • Randy Sparks

    When then, does it become an appropriate response for an innocent citizen confronted by a trigger happy cop to return fire???

    • Keith Cameron

      The proximity of an armed agent of the state is a threat to my life. Should I respond in kind to this ‘perceived’ threat as they do?

      • andy

        Your life does not matter to many police officers.

        • Keith Cameron

          No it doesn’t, but I’m partial to it 🙂

          • andy

            Well then there is some good news for those selfish individuals like yourself. google the case of Henry Goedrich Magee. A man in Texas who actually got away with not letting the police kill him.

  • Stoned_Conservative

    Are you kidding me? Do cops realize how long it takes to bring a long gun into action? Come on. It takes time, and lots of it. Cop sees a gun, and starts shooting. Dead cops do not bother me.

  • MtRush1

    to me it’s not about the training but the ‘ right kind of person for the job ‘. this is the wrong person. does training give that officer value for peoples life?

  • andy

    Everyone should try to post something on Knox country police facebook page. You can also watch the sickening press conference they gave.

  • Mike Golden

    Did that officer realize that if it had been a long gun that the person with the gun would have had to position it for shot giving the officer plenty of time to determine what it was. I don’t understand the policy of shoot first then find out you’re wrong after. The wimps that call themselves police these days are a bunch of cowards.

  • William Shakespeare

    Give a gun to the wrong person and someone will get shot. Training has nothing to do with this.

  • Keith Cameron

    You can comment on their FB page YorkCountySheriffSC

  • Aztec01

    Stupid, idiot, trigger happy, damn fool, jack-booted….I can’t even call them police! They are murderous thugs, pure, simple and unequivocally!!

  • Drake

    You know this cop will be the laughing stock of his dept. If your scared of a 70 y/o man your in the wrong line of work. Pull up 70 years worth of data running those plates. Guy shouldn’t of reached without saying anything but it doesn’t excuse excessive force when you know he had a tazer at least he stopped after a couple shots

    • Dave Ryan

      The other cops in his department probably high fived or chest bumped him afterwards.

  • flan59

    No…the approoriate response is to tell the person to stop and show their hands….not start shooting right away.

  • cmag1971

    He thought he was reaching for a long rifle? Anyone remember when cops were public servants that helped citizens? I think this is one nervous cop who should consider an eye exam, and perhaps a desk job.

    • Keith Cameron

      or a cell.

  • Jeffrey Oviatt

    and some politicians think we will be safer if guns are only in the hands of law enforcement. I read another about a 17yo boy shot after opening his door when the police officer mistook his wii controller for a gun. the boy died instantly

  • David Chandley

    Yeah, every time i see an elderly man reach into his truck, I automatically assume he is reaching for a “long” gun .. lol

    To be clear… the cop made up the story of a “long” gun AFTER he shot the man and then saw the Cane, because there is no way he could see it until after. “imo”

    The fact is he had no idea what the man was doing, it could have been his wallet or a child . The cop was to scared to wait and see ,,Then he emptied his gun out on the old fellow, Naturally his boss has his back ….Incompetence breeds incompetence .

  • john burton

    this is what happens when you put a badge and gun in the hands of the bottom of the gene pool

  • jhny_777

    Law enforcement of 2014. Blow the hell out of every thing and see who survives armed or not! It used to be dogs but they have stepped the game up to humans!
    Between the KO game and The Cop’s shootem game the average citizen hasn’t a chance!

  • petsnpeopletoo

    WTF is this paid leave shit…99% of the time the power hungry piece of crap cop gets off…..That is why so many of them are OUT OF CONTROL>>>>>>FIRE THE COP & PUT HIM IN JAIL

  • LawrenceNeal

    Bunch of fooking cowards.

  • dp1

    Deputy Knox is an idiot and shows absolutely no understanding of situational awareness. Pull his badge, take away his gun, put him in the city library or something.
    Seeing an elderly man having a difficult time walking reaching for something would not make me think “weapon” it would make me think “cane” first.
    I’m going to get beat up for this I’m sure but he doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a gang-banger with an illegal AK in his back seat. Get a clue Knox and lay off the energy drinks and testosterone shots.
    Again, bottom line, Knox does not have the mental faculties’ to properly interpret situations.

  • Arickman

    What the hell are they training these police officers to believe about the public if they are SO quick to pull the trigger anymore? They’ve got police officers target shooting using full size images of pregnant women, young kids, old men and old women…so now they believe that the entire population is the enemy and shoot first and declare if they should have shot later. Between this type of mental training and the fact that they are turning away officer recruits due to high IQ test results, it really makes you wonder what our public officials are preparing for anymore.

  • Craig1748

    Knox is not a good or real cop……..just a misfit who needs to be criminally prosecuted as well as the fool who hired him. This is happening more and more all over the country, Gestapo tactics pure and simple…….Heinrich Himmler would be proud of these guys!

  • Wesley Stolz

    Is there any incentive not to shoot at will? If their right then they killed “a bad guy” if their wrong then they they’ll say that, “[it was] an appropriate response to what he reasonably believed to be an imminent threat to his life.” Come on. If you aren’t going to fire him then at least take his gun away and put him on dispatch duty only. This is ridiculous!
    I hope the old man doesn’t sue the department, but sues “deputy Knox”. That is another thing. These sociopaths with badges screw up and then the tax payers have to pay for it. They shoot the citizens and then make them pay for it too. This isn’t right!

  • Big Brucey

    There has to be a better way for these cops to get a vacation.

  • Miketrt

    Total spaz-out it would appear. Needs to pay for his lack of judgement. Remember those clowns during the Darden thing that went and shot up citizens’ cars because they kinda looked like Darden’s vehicle? One was grandma and grand daughter innocently delivering papers one morning. Needs to be punishment or the psycho class of cops will have their way with us. Not talking about the good ones, God bless them. I’m glad they hang in there to balance things out a bit. That would be hard to do.

    • The more the cops do this the more enemies they make…. The more the good ones cover for the bad just makes them complicit….

      • Miketrt

        Agreed. It’s tricky is my point. Officer assistance calls take longer, you are harassed and intimidated if you don’t ‘tow the line’ – it’s about having a police chief with morals and balls.

        Good cops know the difference but have to pick their battles. They do need to do more, I agree. But everybody has guns and friends in low places these days.

        • I get that, but the police nation wide have; it appears, reached the point of diminishing returns….
          I have heard the argument that this is all about revenue generation. If true then the lawsuits are destroying the income generated making the brutal tactics too costly….

  • ki-lee

    What the hell is going on with this shit. Seems like they are being targeted.,

  • Ed Anderson

    Keep showing me why I have a low level of trust of cops.

  • Scott Bowers

    trigger happy and and untrained (SEVERAL SHOTS, 1 hit) cops need to be fired…..let them work at the mall with no gun

  • donald b

    We all need to call them and express our disappointment. (803) 628-3059 is the number to the sheriff dept. If we ALL call they will get the point that we are watching what they do, and we have had enough! Just call and ask for details of what and why? Can you imagine if 100,000 people called the sheriff and held them accountable? I will post every phone number of every police or sheriff for these stories….as they happen almost daily it will a bit of a task, but we can stop some of this if other depts. start realizing there is consequences!

  • Big Blue DadEo

    All you Concealed carry folks should take heed. For argument sake – Even if this old Vet pulled out a long gun that he was transporting in the back seat – stood and turned to the officer and NEVER presented it in a threatening manner (e.g. pointed the muzzle in the officers direction, raised it to his shoulder &c.) there is no cause for the officer to pull the trigger – Unholster his sidearm? sure. Point it at the man? Okay. Shout commands to control the situation and inform the old guy that he was considered a threat – absolutely!~ But to make the decision to use deadly force (and not very well at that) without 100% situational awareness is criminal.

  • tenndoug911

    The blind SOB that shot him took reasonable action? If he is that scared of a 80 year old man reaching for a cane he needs to get a new job. What a Chicken Sheet and a blind Chicken at that.

  • donald b

    Lets all call them and express our disappointment and disapproval. (803) 628-3059 is the number to this sheriff dept. They will start getting the point when we start holding these people responsible. Imagine 100,000 people calling and asking how this happened! I just called and they seemed annoyed. CALL NOW! Just ask them “Did this really happen?” and “Why?” If these depts. see the public holding them responsible and watch….they will stop killing and hurting innocents.

  • wbedwards

    This is a tragedy. I’m a retired LEO and it’s disturbing the number of Officer Involved Shootings that have increased dramatically. Discretion is the better part of Valor….. I used to tell my Investigators, “always do the right thing for the right reason.” I’ve learned that there is always three sides to every story, their side, your side and the true side lies somewhere in the middle. Sounds like a retraining moment……….

  • FlatusOhlfart

    the only good cop is a dead cop – fucking miserable POS pigs I celebrate each and every time one of these miserable POS pigs is gunned down – their families need to be hunted down and slaughtered and their houses burned to the ground – kill a pig today!!!!!

  • Scott In Florida

    What happened to the good old days when cops only kicked ass?? Now not a day goes by with out a cop killing an innocent citizen.

  • william Smith

    shoot first, is what the police are now being instructed to do……nothing will come of this,,and the cop is on paid vacation.

  • elephant4life

    Shoot first, ask questions later. The Blue Line will back you up.

  • The officer that shot the old man should be in jail, the officers that agree with his actions need to be retrained or fired.

  • Frank Szabo

    The body count of cops needs to rise significantly. There’s no excuse for this.

  • Meagan Roberts Munsell

    I thought police protocol was to command the person to put down their weapon before firing. Is this naive thinking on my part?

  • CaptainAllen4u

    He should fired!

  • Steve Posta


  • There’s that word again – reasonable. WTH

  • John Smith

    A cane does not look like a rifle unless that’s what you want to see. What are they teaching at the academy these days? Until you can PID whether or not your target is holding a weapon, you stand down and take cover. Observe your target…and use your head. You don’t get to pull the trigger because you THOUGHT you saw something. Good grief!

  • Terry Paul Buholm

    If a cop walks up to a pick up and is to stupid to see a rifle in the bed as accessible as this can must have been that’s called natural selection. How do they get away with this how many unarmed people can they shoot.

  • adam

    Never let that cop carry bullets again.

  • Lon Pirkl

    Fire that dumb ass wipe

  • peter guarino

    Let me say to Deputy Knox and his family that he is an asshole and should not be carrying a gun. Nothing proves it better then this incident. He should be in jail for aggravated assault. Please explain to me what part of the Main Penal Code says Police Officers can shoot you for any reason, no reason or the suspicion that they may have a reason. Someone that willing to kill to save his own life is too fearful to carry a gun, much less be a real police officer. Real police officer don’t kill the good guys.

  • History Prof

    Can we thank God this cop was a poor shot?! My son tried out for a police department out west a few years back. He was first in his training class in most everything, was highly praised by the officers as he went about his activities…then came the psych exam. Would you believe they washed him out because he “would be too nice, that he needed to be meaner?” They said his moral character, standards of truth, and empathy for victims would be a disservice to the department. TRANSLATE: You refuse to shoot first and ask questions later! And yet a former student of mine, a total screw-up, inveterate liar in all things big and small, and completely lacking in honor and decency just got hired as one of our city cops. Go figure!

  • Joseph Jacobi

    What ever happened to seeing a weapon before firing? Good thing the officer’s shooting skills sucked. Obviously he’s trigger happy. Good thing there weren’t kids around because he might have accidentally hit one of them then blame it on the old man.

  • MGuns

    The cop should get 30 years in prison for attempted 2nd degree murder. That’s what anyone else would get for this, especially a minority. Anyone else would have surely been arrested and in jail for a shooting under the same circumstances and no cop would buy self defense, they would say there wasn’t a gun so we have probable cause to arrest you for 2nd degree murder and immediately arrest. Your not allowed to shoot someone unless they have an actual gun or other weapon, not just because you think they have a gun. Also side of the road traffic stops for registration or even minor speeding should be abandoned. Its way to dangerous just by the fact of traffic passing by people are killed. This can all be handled by the post office.

  • Jamey Little

    Wasn’t this a young black cop, that shot an elderly white ex-military man? Where’s the outrage from the whites, if so, like the blacks did for Trayvon, and the white CMPD officer that shot the black football player, that was attacking him??

    If I’m wrong, I’ll apologize in advance..

  • So did the guy live, is he doing okay now. I can’t seem to find any information about one of the more important facts.