Man shot by Highway Patrol trooper reaches $285K settlement

Published: Feb. 3, 2015 at 2:45 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 13, 2015 at 3:34 PM EST
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Tropper Sean Groubert faces assault and battery charges.
Tropper Sean Groubert faces assault and battery charges.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Levar Jones, the man shot by an armed South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper during a traffic stop at a convenience store on Broad River Road, has reached a $285,000 settlement with the state.

Money for the settlement came from the Insurance Reserve Fund in the form of a check received in October. In the agreement accepted by Jones and his attorney, Todd Rutherford, Jones has agreed to not sue the Department of Public Safety and released any right his family had to do the same.

Jones was shot in the hip back on Sept. 4, 2014 at a Circle K when Highway Patrol L. Cpl. Sean Groubert pulled up behind Jones to issue him a ticket for a seatbelt violation.

In dash cam video provided by the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Groubert asked to see Jones' license. Jones checked his back pocket and then turned around to reach into his truck. In those seconds, Groubert managed to reach for his weapon and fired off several shots at Jones.

Jones is recovering from the shooting.

Jones has kept a relatively low profile since the shooting, appearing only once for an interview with The Today Show's Matt Lauer. He told Lauer he hadn't seen the tape that made the rounds on social media shortly after its release.

"It brings back a lot of memories for one," Jones said. "Second off, it's just something I have no interest in watching."

Groubert, meanwhile, faces assault and battery charges and is out on bond. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He was fired by the Department of Public Safety weeks after the shooting.

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