South Carolina Police Officer Shoots Knife-Wielding Man! "It Was A Justified Shoot" [Caught On Tape]
Published on August 16, 2012
CLARENDON COUNTY, S.C. (WLTX) - A deputy was forced to shoot a suspect, after the Sheriff says a man pulled a seven inch butcher knife on him, all while he had a motorist pulled over on the side of the road. It was 1:30 in the afternoon on Monday, when Clarendon County Deputy Danny Graham puts his lights on to pull over a speeder. "He had issued a ticket and was standing at the car, explaining the ticket to him," said Sheriff Randy Garrett. "All law enforcement officers are trained that traffic stops are never routine. They're not normal. Anything can happen at anytime." Sheriff Garrett takes us play-by-play through the traffic stop as it happens. "This individual walking down the road whips out a knife. Lunges at the deputy with a knife. Of course our deputy backs up, pulls his weapon, and shot him," said Garrett. The suspect, 37-year-old Anthony Pearson, is being charged with attempted murder of a police officer. Sheriff Garrett says it's no question, the deputy made the right decision. "We've looked at the video dozens of times. We've interviewed and everything. It's a justified shoot in my book. He's clear."