FLORENCE, S. C. – The Latest on a shooting rampage by a volunteer police officer in South Carolina (all times are local):
A prosecutor says a volunteer police officer in South Carolina shot a driver up to eight times after the man refused to get out of his vehicle during a traffic stop and seemed to be looking for something.
Solicitor Ed Clements says the State Law Enforcement Division is reviewing the body camera and the dashboard pictures frame by frame of the shooting Saturday by a police officer in Florence.
The authorities say that the driver, who is black, was injured and released from the hospital Monday.
The officer, who is white, drove together with a Florence police officer. The mayor and the police chief immediately sought to clear the city of the responsibility, saying, the city officer did not.
Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela plans of a 1 hour Tuesday press conference, and officials say he is considering the release of the police video recordings.
The shooting of a black motorist during a traffic stop this weekend has raised questions about South Carolina’s education and the overview of the volunteer law enforcers known as inspectors.
Florence police say the agent rode along with an officer Saturday night when they stopped a driver and the agent injured the man, who is expected to survive. It is unclear why the agent fired, and the police chief says his officer is not examined.
State Rep. Terry Alexander, a Democrat, says he heard troubling information that prompted his own research.
The Post and Courier reports agents are appointed by the governor, and the ability to carry weapons and make arrests, but they are not trained by the South Carolina Criminal justice Academy and are not directly controlled by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Information from: The Post and courier services, http://www.postandcourier.com