Senior reaching for cane in traffic stop is shot by cop. Three crazy cops shootings in 2 weeks!!
Bobby Canipe, 70, was pulled over in South Carolina by deputy Terrence Knox for an expired license plate before the police officer shot the senior for grabbing a walking cane.
Alice Renee McGlone says her cats Rhett Butler and Tara will have to go on without Scarlett –– her 9-year-old Labrador retriever –– after a York County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed the dog when, he says, it charged him aggressively on Tuesday.
McGlone’s friend Ron Montana buried Scarlett on Wednesday afternoon in her backyard, under a tree, on Clara Street in Rock Hill. Montana and McGlone say they’re outraged that the deputy used lethal force.
But, sheriff’s officials say the deputy had no choice but to protect himself from the dog.
“He hated to have done what he did but we teach our officers that they need to protect themselves in all situations,” said Capt. Allen Brandon. “It’s regrettable what happened.”
Scarlett was a friendly dog and warmed to strangers easily, McGlone said. After adopting the dog from a shelter at six weeks old, she and Scarlett were “inseparable.”
On Wednesday, Scarlett’s body was covered by a teal blanket in McGlone’s yard. Before Montana buried the dog, McGlone knelt beside Scarlett and held her paw.
Montana and McGlone say they don’t understand how a deputy felt so threatened by Scarlett that he shot her.
On Tuesday, two deputies went to McGlone’s house just before 4 p.m. after McGlone’s daughter called police to say she hadn’t heard from her mother since Feb. 26. McGlone had been sick, she explained, and her phone was dead on Sunday night when her daughter in Virginia tried to call.
When deputies arrived for a routine welfare check, no one was home. There were no cars in the driveway and deputies noticed a broken window screen, pulled away from a window on the side of McGlone’s house.
They tried knocking on McGlone’s front door first but got no response, according to a sheriff’s office report.
As one deputy, Jonathan Reed, knocked on a window at the rear of McGlone’s house, he saw her dog “charging” and “snarling with bared teeth,” with its head lowered, the report states.
As Reed “retreated,” he saw that the dog was on a leash, he wrote in the report. “However, I saw that the leash was long enough to allow the dog to reach me before I could get away.”
With no time to “yell at the dog or use a less lethal deterrent,” Reed wrote, “I instinctively drew my handgun and fired once, striking the dog in the top of the head.”
The one shot killed Scarlett. Reed was not injured during the incident.
Authorities say a 51-year-old South Carolina man is hospitalized after being mistakenly shot by an off-duty Rochester police officer he was visiting.
Rochester police officials tell local media outlets that Sgt. Anthony Bongiovanni was alarmed when someone entered his home around 5:30 a.m. Monday. Officials say the 18-year police veteran used his personal handgun to shoot the man in the torso.
Police say the man turned out to be the officer’s friend, Chuck Andrews of South Carolina. His hometown wasn’t available.
Officials say Andrews had let himself in with a key Bongiovanni had given him. Bongiovanni immediately called 911 and began first aid.
Andrews is listed in guarded but stable condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Bongiovanni is suspended with pay as police investigate the shooting.
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