Cop Shoots Elderly Man After Mistaking His Cane for A Shotgun Then Weeps With Remorse

  

A South Carolina deputy wept with remorse after mistakenly shooting a 70-year-old man during a traffic stop because he thought the man’s cane was a shotgun, a grim new video shows. York County Deputy Terrance Knox fired several shots at elderly motorist Bobby Canipe during a traffic stop on Feb. 25 after the old-timer got out of his truck to retrieve his cane from the flatbed. In video released by York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant Wednesday, Knox yells “sir” and then “hey” several times before opening fire. Canipe was hit once and is expected to recover. Knox pulled Canipe’s truck over because his license plates were expired.

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  • MentorRes

    fire that moron right now and throw him in jail

    • Dr. Botkin

      The first rule after being stopped for a traffic violation is DO NOT EXIT YOUR VEHICLE. Sit still and allow the officer to see your hands at all times. Getting out of a vehicle with on object that at night may appear to be a weapon is a recipe for disaster. The cop was only doing his job. By the way, I do not not now, nor have I ever been associated with law enforcement or anyone who is.)

      • iitywybad

        I was in law enforcement 45 years ago, and my nephews are currently working in law enforcement. Thank you for the only other sensible post on this subject.

        • TheSunDidIt

          Don’t agree with your excuses at all.

          • iitywybad

            Of course – I’m sure that most cop haters don’t.

          • TheSunDidIt

            Cheap shot for someone that doesn’t know me and has never met me. Fact is, I’ve got tons of family in or retired from law enforcement. I served 35 years military. I have higher standards of behavior and performance than apparently you do for the police that are charged to protect US, not themselves.

          • iitywybad

            I don’ have to know you – your words speak loud and clear. You want to place all the blame on the officer, and none on the elderly gentlemen. It was a very unfortunate accident that happened in a few seconds, yet you demand perfection from the officer. I wish I was half as smart as you think you are and I wonder if you would have the same clarity in a like situation as you do when you’re Monday morning quarterbacking.

          • RobSiegmund

            I wish you were a quarter as smart as you think he thinks he is. Then perhaps you’d realize a COP SHOT AN UNARMED AND ELDERLY MAN. And that you’re excusing that shooting. Because cop.
            Flippin’ brilliant.

      • bob machaffy

        good advice

      • gibride

        IT IS A SAD THING WHEN AN OFFICER CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERCE BETWEEN A WALKING CANE AND A SHOT GUN

        • T

          Really have you been in that exact situation and you made the right choice and an elderly man was not shot….have you been there?

          • gibride

            Just Look at the bright lights and how close the officer was to the truck

          • TheSunDidIt

            You do not have to fire until the weapon (suspected or otherwise) is RAISED UP. The guy didn’t POINT the cane at the officer.

          • TheSunDidIt

            By the way, it’s called Iraq. Hello? Been there?

        • ironclad

          Could you in the dark from that distance tell the difference? I doubt it and you would end up shot had it been a weapon.

          • TheSunDidIt

            Do you have A CLUE? It is CLEAR that he’s handling something NOT heavy and you can TELL he’s old by his movements. That should give ANY normal person the CLUE that this is not a weapon (as in firearm) and that the old guy is confused about what he’s supposed to do. And, I can GUARANTEE you that the rounds from that pistol will GET TO THE TARGET LONG before the end of it is “raised” to “fire”.

          • iitywybad

            How long have you had this “God Complex” that you are omnipotent and know everything?

      • http://themorningafter.us/ Pharmer1

        Only problem is that the second guessers in courts expect a lot more discernment from private citizens who shoot in self defense, or from military personnel who shoot in the line of duty.

      • ironclad

        Agreed! This is an unfortunate situation…I can not blame the officer…

      • danE DanE

        Your an idiot. If you get out of your vehicle, your automatically a dead man, a dead woman, a dead mother or a dead child. The idiot cop fired several times and the bullets than did not land on the subject went somewhere, and could have killed someone else. The top cop in the department is telling all you gestapo idiots to shoot first and cry later and then say your sorry. Proof is on this clip, when the other cop, not knowing what took place, tells the crying cop, he did the right thing. Cops used to be respected and looked up to as protectors, now they want to kill everyone.

        • TheSunDidIt

          Have to agree. Not all are “bad” or “evil” but, there’s getting to be MORE AND MORE of them and they’re getting WORSE and not better at their jobs. I call it plain LAZY police work.

        • iitywybad

          There you go again – another know it all who wasn’t there, but immediately wants to blame the police officer! If you want to see a real idiot, look in the mirror.

          • danE DanE

            yeah, I looked and all I could see is you and this idiot cop very clearly trying to kill this man for getting out of his car. What law did the old man, who had hearing problems, violate to deserve to be shot at six times. The video was clear, the cop had the area lit up with his lights and I can clearly see, in the video, that he did not have a gun, he had a limp, and he presented NOOOOOO threat. So yes, I was there when I viewed this video. I bet if the old man was your dad or son, you would feel different. COPS are supposed to conduct themselves a little better than this trigger happy coward who hit one out of six shots at his target, but we do live in times where cops are mostly the criminals. I cannot believe your crazy rhetoric when you can see a full view of police brutality right before your eyes. You must be this cops ah buddy or proves that there are more morons in this country than we know about.

          • RobSiegmund

            True. Anyone who blames police officers for anything bad is a real idiot. Because shut up.

      • MentorRes

        So the officers job is to panic and fire several shots at someone? Where did all of the other bullets go? What if there were kids in the truck? The passenger didn’t do anything but was lucky to not be shot. lf I heard someone at my back door at three in the morning and blindly fired a half dozen shots I imagine I’d be in major trouble. Police need to be better trained, less trigger happy and accountable when they show they are not fit for duty. So fire him, he’s not fit to be a police officer.

        • TheSunDidIt

          Have to agree. NO WAY should this guy be more than an unarmed mall-cop in the future.

        • iitywybad

          It seems that you, TheSunDidit, and danEDanE are all seeing, all knowing and I wouldn’t be surprised if you think you can walk on water.

      • TheSunDidIt

        When that man was young and last stopped you were SUPPOSED to exit your vehicle. He did what he was supposed to.

        • iitywybad

          Bull sh*t! I grew up 15 miles from the North Carolina//South Carolina border and when I got my license in 1954 I knew that if I was stopped, I lowered my window, kept my hands on the wheel, and waited for instructions from the police officer. My uncle was a policeman and killed in the line of duty so we were well versed in police procedure.

          • TheSunDidIt

            Cannot help it that you grew up in a jack-booted gestapo state. The fact is, YES it’s a dangerous job. And YES mistakes happen. And YES the safer course for the clearly confused elderly man would have been to stay in his car. STILL that is NOT EXCUSE here.

          • elnegron

            In 1954 if you was stopped the sheriff knew you and your family. You did not have to worry about them things.

    • iitywybad

      If stupidity was a reason to throw someone in jail, you’d be the first to go.

      • MentorRes

        Why because what i said was true, but contrary to you opinion?

    • TheSunDidIt

      Have no idea WHY these people are not in prison. More of the same with federals making the locals turn into storm troopers.

  • Jane

    Total Idiot…..untrained & unbrained!!!

    • JoAnn Barrick

      I think they are trained that way today ! Does anyone know if the old man survived after going to the hospital ? I sure hope so.

      • iitywybad

        The old man did survive, and policemen have split seconds to act. If the gentleman had a gun and he didn’t act, he could be killed. You are supposed to stay in your vehicle when you are stopped by the police unless they ask you to get out.

        • TheSunDidIt

          That’s the grace of God. NOT the result of “proper police training”. And, actually is FURTHER evidence of why this officer SHOULD NOT be on any force any where. He should have not fired but, if he felt the need to fire THAT many rounds, he should have hit with 10 or 10 or at least 9 or 10.

      • TheSunDidIt

        True. The TRAINING is part of the culture of “SAVE YOURSELF” rather than the old fashioned “DEFEND AND SERVE”. SHOOT that taxpayer. He may be reaching for his wallet to pay more money.

    • iitywybad

      You’re right. The old man was a total idiot to get out of his vehicle before the policeman had approached him and asked for his registration. It doesn’t take any training to know what to do if you’re stopped by the police. I’m 75 and the last time I was stopped over 20 years ago, I got my wallet out of my pocket and held it in my hands on the steering wheel until the officer asked for my license and registration. Too many policemen have been killed doing their jobs because they didn’t realize that a traffic stop had a weapon and was waiting to blow their brains out It was night, the officer told him to stay in his car – instead he pulled a long object out of the bed of his pickup – I probably would have reacted the same way.

      • TheSunDidIt

        That varied from state to state. I remember back in the day that you had to walk back to the COP’s car to show your documents. And other states and times you had to do exactly what this man did. And I’ve even had them move me to THEIR car by direction with THEM IN THEIR CAR. 99% of my stops have been “warnings” but, I’ve had LOTS of “contact” with officers of the “law”. NO WAY was this a “legitimate shooting”.

    • iitywybad

      Want to see a total idiot?? Look in the mirror.

  • vladilyich

    He can weep all he wants with remorse, where was his “training”? You don’t fire at something you can’t see and recognize!

    • iitywybad

      You’re an idiot. If it had been a gun, the officer could have been killed because of his inaction. I would have done the same thing. I hope that all you people on here condemning the policeman find yourself in the same position some day, and then we’ll see what YOU do.

      • t3nebris

        So, for getting out of the car, he deserves to be shot and killed eh? You don’t become a police officer unless you are willing to accept some risk in such cases. You don’t get to fire shots just because of your “hunch” or “suspicion’. Idiot…

      • TheSunDidIt

        No, that would be you. Clearly you are all about protecting number one and not about the safety of your community at all.

      • TheSunDidIt

        OPERATIVE word in your WHOLE argument; “COULD”. But, as SOON as that officer started firing it’s not “COULD” for whether or not that man may die. GLAD you’re not still “serving” your community. I wouldn’t want my family or myself to ever venture there even now. CLEARLY “off the chain.”

  • hankster6

    Trigger happy cops need better training. For unknown reasons, too many cops are not getting the training they need and innocent people are getting hurt of killed, while police chiefs cover for the culprits. Anyone, even without training, would wait to see what the person has in their hands before pulling their own weapon. It takes a few seconds to aim a rifle. There is more than enough time to aim a hand gun, if needed. Better than shooting an innocent person. I am glad the officer was remorseful about his actions. Hopefully, he will be put on a desk job until he has completed further training. I doubt that they will fire him because they have too much invested. Six shots and only one hit!! He needs a lot of practice!

    • iitywybad

      Anyone WITHOUT training would wait to see what the person had in their hands, and could easily wind up DEAD. Anyone WITH training would not wait because there is only a split second between action and being killed.

      • TheSunDidIt

        Take it you’ve never served in the military or been a cop either.

        • iitywybad

          I’ve been both, you dimwit.

          • TheSunDidIt

            Then you, sir, are PART OF THE PROBLEM THIS NATION HAS TODAY WITH “LAW ENFORCEMENT”. Try a bit more training. Then you hit what you shoot at and don’t need to fire so fast either because you know EXACTLY how fast you have to be.

    • TheSunDidIt

      Proper solution in ALL our towns is FIRE THE MAYOR that HIRED THE CHIEF that HIRED AND TRAINED these types of officers.

      • iitywybad

        The sun did what? Dry out your brain when you came out in the sun.

        • TheSunDidIt

          Reference is to global warming where I first started writing trying to bring sense to a senseless world. As for the brain, I have what God gave me. And I use it for more than a hat-rack.

  • Harold

    Lay the blame where it all started to go downhill, Erica Holdover and his lawlessness. As for the other officer? telling the trigger happy nincompoop, “that he did what he had to do”. don’t they have any cops anymore than more than a single brain cell?

    • iitywybad

      You’re the one without a brain cell. I’m 75 years old and I know enough that if I’m stopped (I haven’t been stopped in over 20 years) by the police, YOU DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR, and if the rest of you dopes don’t know that, you might rightfully end up getting shot one day. By the way, keep your license and registration up to day, obey traffic laws, and you WON”T GET STOPPED.

      • TheSunDidIt

        Sir, I respect your age but, you’re wrong on this one so give it up. You’re arguing a SINGLE STATE solution to a NATIONAL ISSUE that is policing. MAYBE in your state you MAY be right. But, NOT where I live or in ANY of the surrounding states. And this officer would be in PRISON in our state and NOT told he “did what you had to do.”

        • iitywybad

          No you dimwit! You’re the one whose wrong, but always thinks you’re right. Your attitude is what puts the cops on edge to begin with, and it escalates when something like this happens. I hope you don’t get shot one day, but you probably will because of your belligerent attitude.

          • TheSunDidIt

            Can’t help your attitude. I’m right. As for belligerence, read your own posts.

          • RobSiegmund

            And there it is. Respect my authoritah or else you might find yourself shot. Your message is clear, thug! You know best and we mere mortals need to genuflect anytime you bark an order.
            Perhaps in your spare time you can read about the British Empire and their similar attitude towards the American colonists. It didn’t go very well for the boys in red.

    • Taskmasterendgame

      Harold

      Quality Control in hiring does not seem to be there anymore !

  • Dr. Botkin

    By what definition could this possibly be considered a “conservative” video? It is an anti-cop video better suited to a commie blog.

    • Oleo Ranch

      It’s only “anti-cop” to the liberals that don’t seem to have any concept of the dangers of a traffic stop. I’m 71, got stopped last week, and have known for years to stay in the car, don’t make any quick moves, don’t bend down toward the floor, and keep your hands where the officer can see them.
      By the way, I had a bumper sticker that says “Real Firemen don’t vote for Obama” and didn’t get a ticket – not sure it that had anything to do with getting a pass.

  • Don Sr.

    This would not have happened just a few years back. Our country has gone to hell in a hand basket ever since we began to lower our morals. It’s sad for the older man but we are all so on edge these days. It is a sad day for america. We have allowed too much potential danger here in america and these types of things are bound to happen. Our country needs prayer deeply.

  • Vickie

    It takes an honest and good man to admit that he made a mistake, but the old man should’ve stayed in his vehicle! Thank God that the old man was only hit once and that he recovered, but still the officer asked for forgiveness from the old man and his wife, then he asked God to forgive him, too. Guess this officer will live with this for the rest of his life. We all learn lessons everyday of our life, and this one will make you think twice about what could have happened!

  • Myrtle Linder

    Total Insanity, without excuse!! I have seen a lot of guns but never one that faintly resembled a walking cane!! Tis’ murder, nothing else!!!

    • Myrtle Linder

      Sorry didn’t turn on the video!! Didn’t shoot either!!!

    • gibride

      Back in the 90′s my son in his 40′s had gone to a Mavrik store, When he pulled up the sprinklers on his side turned on, Knowing that it would only be a short time he waited in his company truck till they turned off . What he did not know is that the store had just been robbed by two Mexican, Now my son was blue eyed bright yellow blond hair , very fair skinned, A officer came up along side, wrenched the door open, dragged him out on the ground and placed a gun to his head with a knee in his back, My son has titanium wrapped around his upper spine. This was all witnessed by his friend who was in the truck with him. The officer was so scared he was shaking. When another squad car showed up it took two officers to make the first one to stand down, Of course the robbers were long gone. There is not way in broad daylight that my son could be taken for a Mexican. My nephew who was also an officer at that time said that the first officer on the scene was an accident waiting to happen and should have been reported, But my son did nothing. I have wondered many a time if we had let a killer loose

  • http://growingupstupid.blogspot.com/ SFWhite

    Give the cop a break, he made a horrible mistake and he’d be the first to say that. This was an unfortunate comedy of errors, and that young cop will regret it for the rest of his life, he may even stop being a cop. That’s sad, he seems like a good person and we need as many of those as we can get on our police forces.

    In the dark the black metal rod of a cane could resemble a rifle. These days the highways are full of crazies of all ages, and a lot of cops have been shot because they made the fatal assumption the person they stopped was no danger. There are plenty of cop-cam vids on YouTube that show cops being killed by people they assumed weren’t dangerous.

    If there’s fault to be found it’s with our current society. Where God isn’t Hell is, and cops see a lot more of the Hell part than the rest of us. Pretty soon everyone is suspect. Bad scenario. If we make the cops our enemies, who will help us when no one besides a cop can?

    • Taskmasterendgame

      If law enforcement personel can not stand the heat of their jobs Get Out !
      The public does not need power crazy cops on the street.
      The Motto of Protect and Serve has gone out the window.
      We no not need unprofessional cops on the street or anywhere dealing with
      Life and Death !

      • http://growingupstupid.blogspot.com/ SFWhite

        If you approach anyone, cop or not, with that attitude you’ll get trouble. Wonder what type of cop you’d be?

        Cops are human, they make mistakes, exercise poor judgment, in a split second decide wrong and do something they pray they hadn’t done but can’t undo. There are good ones and bad ones. The bad ones need to find another profession, they’re messing it up for the good ones who really are in it “To Protect and Serve”. But *none* of them check their humanity at the door, and some members of humanity aren’t that humane.

        • Taskmasterendgame

          SFWhite

          (If you approach anyone, cop or not, with that attitude you’ll get trouble. Wonder what type of cop you’d be?)

          If law enforcement personel can not stand the heat of their jobs
          Get Out !

          The public does not need power crazy cops on the street.
          The Motto of Protect and Serve has gone out the window.

          That is a cops attitude (Retired LEO)
          Maybe that is why the general public does not understand the rules.
          It appears current law enforcement is not culling the bad from the good.
          and the public is taking the results of bad training and supervision

          There is no room in society for badly trained officers and those that do not have the courage and fortitude to do their jobs.

          Wearing a badge is not a license to act irresposible !

          • http://growingupstupid.blogspot.com/ SFWhite

            I apologize. Now I understand why you’re so upset. You did it and did it right, and expect no less from your younger brothers. Guess we’re from a time long gone, when you ran to a cop for help, or were just glad to see one on the street because you knew he was there to keep you safe. But there are still good cops out there, I’ve met some. All isn’t lost. We just need to get rid of that “Us vs Them” animosity that’s poisoning the cop-public relationship.

            Maybe it’s the Victim Mentality that permeates modern society, coupled with the glorification of evil over good. When a cold-blooded cop-killer is defended as a hero by someone nominated to a high government position by our President, something’s screwed on backwards.

          • Taskmasterendgame

            SFWhite
            The problem is in the selection of new officers
            Training and reevaluation during and at the completion of their probationary
            period
            Bad cops are a disgrace to themselves and their agency
            Bad cops cost their cities and government a ton in taxpayer mony
            up to and including tarnishing any respect from the public that may be lost..
            Most officers with any intelligence realizes the public can be a asset
            when times get tough in the field and he is all alone before police
            backup arrives !
            We all Depend on One Another.

          • http://growingupstupid.blogspot.com/ SFWhite

            You seem to sum it up well, I have nothing to add. Thanks for the conversation, it’s been a pleasure. :)

    • grumpy3625

      I’m going to proffer the premise that todays cops have made us their enemies. There is something underway about how these cops act towards people these days. It’s like the Iraqi war “shock and awe” maneuver. I’m very suspicious of law enforcement because of their actions.

      • http://growingupstupid.blogspot.com/ SFWhite

        I understand why you feel that way, especially if you’re male, it seems cops are harder on men, according to my husband and son. It’s a sad state of affairs.

        Also, there’s no doubt some cops are power-hungry bullies, who wind-up making the jobs of the decent cops a lot harder by tarnishing their reputations. There are good cops out there, don’t throw them away because of the rotten ones.

        Then again, if you’re stopped, don’t make any sudden moves, put both hands on the wheel and stay in your car. That would seem to be the best way to keep the good cops good, even if they are giving you a lousy ticket.

  • nwyfzguy

    This is so sad! I feel sorry for everyone involved in the incident.
    The officer did what he was trained to do, and the old guy was just
    doing what old guys do…I hope the officers career is not over and I
    hope the old guy is okay. Its a dangerous world and law enforcement
    officers have only a split second to make use of force decisions, this
    shooting was nothing more than a horrible accident that both party’s
    have to accept some of the responsibility.

    • Taskmasterendgame

      nwyfzguy
      The officer was not trained to shoot first and ask questions latter.
      He is a Disgrace to the Profession of law enforcement. !

      • nwyfzguy

        He didn’t shoot first and asked questions…he gave clear orders to the old guy to get back in his vehicle and to drop what appeared to be a firearm. After the old guy failed to follow directions and pulled what appeared to be a weapon the officer fired. Your statement that the officer shot first and asked questions later is amazingly irresponsible.

  • T

    Folks I have been there on the receiving end of that barrel…all I had was a set of keys in my hand. Hold your judgements unless you have been in a similar situation. Cops have a very stressful job and we don’t live in Mayberry.

    • Ted Crawford

      During my last tour in Vietnam, I saddly found myself in a similar situation. Someone shouted “he has a grenade” I spun around and spotted a youth with, what I thought was a grenade, I fired. Killing him. What he actually had was simply a can of C-Rations.
      I’ll never forget that, nor the terrible look in his Mother’s eyes as she held his body! I’m afraid that those eyes will be the last thing I see in this life!
      It’s not up to me to forgive this man or to judge him either!

    • Taskmasterendgame

      T
      Mayberry my arse
      The most unproffesional scrnr I ever seen !
      The Boy needs to tiurn in is Badge and run off and found some maturity.
      Yes been there done that (Shooting is a last resoert not a first

  • danE DanE

    This cop is an idiot. There was more than enough lighting on the subject and the cop had lots of time to react. The cane was never lifted up in a threatening way and the cop had plenty of time to find cover before he just blatantly fired on this subject. Cops look at the public as the enemy and this old man got out of his car because that was the way it was done a long time ago and the old man was probably hard of hearing and didn’t hear what the idiot cop was saying. This whole incident could have been avoided if the cop had not been so trigger happy and wanting a story to take back to the locker room. Well, he got his story. I cannot believe the commie cops comments on this site saying that the cop was right, your a bunch of idiots also. If your that scared find another job. This was an act of cowardice. What’s next, shoot a pregnant woman and say your sorry and leave it at that. Cops crying and giving more sympathy to the shooter than the wounded dying old man with a cane.

  • mld

    The officer was to quick on the draw. The old timer did not make a threatening move towards the officer. Im sure he’ll just get chewed out. Could you imagine a cc holder doing the same thing and make a mistak like that. The cc holder would go to jail. Double standards , i think so.

  • VeeDub57

    Let’s apply the same train of thought used by LEOs everywhere.

    The robber gets caught, and he’s “sorry”. The cops say “he’s only sorry because he got caught”.

    This LEO shoots an innocent unarmed man and he’s “sorry”. Is he really “sorry” or is he only sorry because he just realized how much trouble his career is in?

  • brabbie2002

    I cannot even imagine how bad that poor cop felt. You were obeying orders, sir. You did NOT shoot him out of malice or spite! You were doing your duty, and “Bob” made the mistake of NOT following your orders. In my eyes, you are innocent. Why didn’t this man’s wife stop him from getting out of the truck? Had “Bob” done what he was told, this incident would not have occurred.

  • Wise2theGame

    Prison for the trigger happy cop. Attempted murder as the 70 year old Citizen was NOT armed.

  • Steven Trott

    What is up with those annoying pop-up ads? That is all that ever comes up. The video that is supposed to play never does.

  • TheSunDidIt

    “You done what you had to do. Don’t worry about it.” BULL MANURE. That is the BIGGEST crock of CARP in all of eternity.

  • grumpy3625

    Good grief! I saw what the cop saw and I could tell that there was no threat or danger. I’m 70 years old, is this what I can expect from law enforcement? What has happened to the police force? You drive down the road and see two and three police cars employed to handle a routine traffic stop. If it wasn’t so sad and pathetic it would be absolutely hilarious. However, all I can do is shake my head in disgust and fear. They act like a pack of wolves and have no powers of discernment in analyzing an incident. What we have here is a country wide militarized police state.