Former trooper charged with assault and battery out on bond

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Groubert (Source: SCDPS)
Groubert (Source: SCDPS)
Groubert (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Groubert (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Groubert in bond court Wednesday night. (Source: Chad Mills)
Groubert in bond court Wednesday night. (Source: Chad Mills)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lance Cpl. Sean Groubert, a state trooper who was fired after shooting an unarmed man at a gas station earlier this month, has been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, jail records show.

The shooting happened in the parking lot of a Circle K on Broad River Road Sept. 4 after Groubert pulled Levar Edward Jones over for a seatbelt violation.

According to an arrest warrant, "[Groubert] did without justification unlawfully shoot Jones which produced great bodily injury or was likely to cause great bodily injury."

The warrant goes on to say "audio and visual video recordings, as well as written statements, obtained further evidence to indicate the shooting incident without justification."

Jones, who was shot in the hip, is out of the hospital and has told WIS he is recovering and hopes what happened to him can make a change throughout the country.

According to documents obtained by WIS, Groubert was involved in another shooting in 2012 and has had two complaints filed against him.

According to the State Law Enforcement Division, the felony Groubert is charged with carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety fired Groubert last week.

Groubert was booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Wednesday.

According to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, Groubert posted $75,000 bond Wednesday night.

Court records show Groubert's next court date is Oct. 24.

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