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Man shot by York Co deputy after reaching for cane, officials say

CLOVER, SC (WBTV) -

An elderly man was shot by a York County Sheriff's deputy Tuesday evening during a traffic stop, according to officials. 

The shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. on North Main Street near Motseller Street in Clover. 

Officials say Deputy Terrence Knox, a three-year veteran of the department, pulled over a pickup truck being driven by 70-year-old Bobby Canipe because of an expired license plate.

Canipe then got out of the truck and grabbed his cane from the bed. That's when, deputies said, Knox fired several shots, striking Canipe once.

"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; however, a full internal investigation will be conducted," Sheriff Bruce Bryant said in a statement released Wednesday.

Canipe was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He is expected to be okay.  

Deputy Knox was not injured. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending a full investigation.

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is now investigating the case.

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