COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The State Law Enforcement Division has released dash cam video of a shooting involving a Forest Acres police officer in May.
The shooting occurred at about 1:30 a.m. May 19 when Forest Acres Police Officer Robert Cooper attempted to pull over a vehicle that had been reported stolen on Brookwood Court. Investigators say as the officer tried to stop the car, the driver, 17-year-old Antwon Gallmon, tried to run him over.
As the vehicle begins to drive away, that's when the officer fired shots at the vehicle, striking Gallmon. Cooper was not injured.
Gallmon was treated at a local hospital and then arrested. Gallmon is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of unlawful possession of a pistol, simple possession of marijuana, possession of schedule I drugs, and driving without a license. He has since been released on bond.
Officers pursued Gallmon, which ended in a crash near a credit union on Forest Drive.
Officer Cooper is a 6-year veteran of the department and remains on leave at this time.
We've reached out to the Forest Acres Police Department for further comment, but Chief Gene Sealy says he's withholding comments until SLED completes their investigation.
South Carolina NAACP President Lonnie Randolph Jr says he does not want to interfere with SLED's investigation, but he thinks the footage does not tell the full story. He adds the NAACP is asking the FBI to assist in the case.
"It's another incident where a young man was not killed, an African-American male and while I mention that - the truth of the matter is that the race doesn't matter," Randolph said. "I'm glad that the young man didn't die, but it was a miracle that he didn't. Fortunately, the officer was a bad shot."
Although, the officer says he thought Gallmon was trying to run him over., the teenager is not charged with assaulting the officer. Gallmon is scheduled to appear in court for the first time Monday.