Disabled Vietnam veteran Bobby Canipe was shot in the chest Tuesday night by a deputy who thought he was reaching for a weapon. It turned out that 70-year-old Canipe was actually reaching for his walking cane. As the video above shows, Deputy Terrance Knox, ran to the aid of Canipe immediately after the shooting and cried “Oh God forgive me” as he tried to stop the bleeding.
Canipe was transported to the hospital, treated and released. York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant said that State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) will conduct an investigation, as is the normal procedure in any officer- related shooting, to determine if Knox will face any charges. Until the investigation is completed Deputy Knox will be on paid administrative leave. Sheriff Bryant stands behind Knox’s actions. He said that while he hesitates to say the shooting was “justified” he does believe it was “appropriate” under the circumstances.
Canipe and his passenger, Carolyn McEntire, were returning home to North Carolina after a trip to Florida. As they were driving through Clover, SC, Deputy Knox pulled them over when he noticed they were driving with an expired license plate. As of yet, the Canipe family has made no comments, although McEntire can be heard in the video telling the sobbing deputy that “it’s not your fault”.