Trooper S.M. Groubert, who shot man during traffic stop, fired - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

DPS fires trooper who shot man during traffic stop

Trooper S.M. Groubert Trooper S.M. Groubert
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper involved in a trooper-involved shooting has been fired, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

L. Cpl. S.M. Groubert has been terminated from his position as of Friday.

"After my review of the facts surrounding this matter, I have determined that Mr. Groubert's actions rose to such an extent that his employment with us must be terminated," DPS Director Leroy Smith said. "The facts of this case are disturbing to me, but I believe this case was an isolated incident in which Mr. Groubert reacted to a perceived threat where there was none." 

CLICK/TAP HERE TO READ SMITH'S FULL STATEMENT

Groubert pulled Levar Edward Jones over for a seatbelt violation at a Circle K on Broad River Road at 5 p.m. last Thursday.

Authorities have not said what exactly led Groubert to remove his weapon from his holster and shoot Jones in the hip. Jones was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released. He continues to recover from his wound, but he says he hopes the shooting will lead to changes across the country.

SLED finished a report on the incident and handed it over to Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson.

"My Office is now in the process of investigating this incident," Solicitor Dan Johnson said in a statement.  "To that end, we have requested several additional items from SLED which are presently outstanding."

Over the last fifteen days, Solicitor Johnson has called several meetings involving SLED, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

Rule 3.6 of the SC Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit an attorney involved in the investigation or litigation of a matter to make extra judicial statements to prevent pre-trial publicity. 

"At this juncture, I believe Rule 3.6 prohibits me from releasing details regarding the shooting, to include all video," Johnson said. 

"At the conclusion of the investigation, or if criminal charges are brought, the public will be made fully aware of all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the events that occurred on Sept. 4," Johnson said.  "Obviously, I believe that transparency and responsiveness to the public are very important. However, I also have a duty to protect the rights of all citizens and potential litigants."

Copyright 2014 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • SCDOT opens east side of Wando Bridge to two-way traffic

    SCDOT opens east side of Wando Bridge to two-way traffic

    Sunday, May 20 2018 8:54 PM EDT2018-05-21 00:54:06 GMT
    Wando Bridge to allow for two way traffic (Source: Live 5)Wando Bridge to allow for two way traffic (Source: Live 5)
    Wando Bridge to allow for two way traffic (Source: Live 5)Wando Bridge to allow for two way traffic (Source: Live 5)

    Officials from the South Carolina Department of Transportation opened the eastbound side of the Wando Bridge to two-way traffic on Sunday afternoon.

    More >>

    Officials from the South Carolina Department of Transportation opened the eastbound side of the Wando Bridge to two-way traffic on Sunday afternoon.

    More >>
  • US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

    US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-05-20 15:21:26 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:05:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. The Trump administration will keep open the Stat...(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. The Trump administration will keep open the Stat...

    The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months.

    More >>

    The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months.

    More >>
  • As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

    As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

    Sunday, May 20 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-05-20 18:11:29 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:05:30 GMT
    Trump referred to some who cross the border illegally as "animals," not people. (Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Trump referred to some who cross the border illegally as "animals," not people. (Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President Donald Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether the department or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes, and whether any demands or requests came...

    More >>

    President Donald Trump says he'll demand that the Justice Department review whether the department or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes, and whether any demands or requests came from the Obama administration.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly