Officials release full 51 minute dashcam video in trooper-involved shooting
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - On Friday, officials released the full 51 minute dashcam video of a trooper-involved shooting Sept. 4.
Then Trooper Sean Groubert pulled Levar Jones over for a seat belt violation in the parking lot of a Circle K on Broad River Road.
In the video released Wednesday night, Groubert asks for Jones' license.
Jones then checks his back pocket before going back to his vehicle.
Groubert then shouts at Jones to get out of the car but then fires four shots at Jones just seconds after.
One of those shots hit Jones in the hip.
Minutes later, in the longer video WIS obtained Friday, Groubert calls his supervisor to explain why he shot Jones.
"I pulled him over for a seat-belt violation," Groubert said. "Before I could even get out of my car, he jumped out, stared at me, and as I jumped out of my car and identified myself as I approached him, he jumped head-first back into his car. I started retracting back towards the rear of his vehicle telling him, 'Look, get out of the car. Let me see your hands.' He jumped out of the car. I saw something black in his hands. I ran to the other side of the car yelling at him, and he kept coming towards me. Apparently, it was his wallet."
Groubert was charged this week with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
In court Wednesday, Groubert's attorney Barney Giese told the judge that the former trooper was justified and isn't guilty, since Jones moved aggressively.
But Jones' attorney, Representative Todd Rutherford, doesn't agree.
Rutherford said the video shows a sharp difference between what Groubert told investigators after the incident and what actually happened.
"The video evidence does not lie," Rutherford told 'The Today Show.' "What does lie is Trooper Groubert's statement. That was the most disturbing part of the bond hearing, was listening to Trooper Groubert state that Mr. Jones was aggressive, that his stance towards Groubert was aggressive, that he approached the patrol car in an aggressive manner that was the most disturbing part of the bond hearing."
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