• Bobby Canipe is expected to make full recovery from gunshot injury
  • Deputy fired as Canipe reached for what officer believed was a rifle

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A disabled Vietnam vet was shot in the stomach by police in South Carolina as he reached for his cane during a traffic stop.

Bobby Canipe, 70, is recovering from emergency surgery after York County deputy Terrence Knox fired several times on Tuesday evening.

Mr Canipe had been pulled over near Clover for an expired license as he returned from a day out to watch car racing.

The 24-year-old deputy believed the elderly man was trying to grab a rifle from the back of his pick up truck and fired at him, with one bullet striking Mr Canipe.

‘Deputy Knox was forced to make a split-second, life-or-death decision and fired his weapon several times, striking Canipe once,’ Trent Faris, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said.

Joe Ashwell, who was driving along the same road at the time of the shooting, said he heard gunfire and saw an officer trying to help a man on the ground.

‘The officer that had to do the shooting, he was really freaked out about it. He was screaming on the radio about needing help,’ Mr Ashwell told WSOCTV.

A spokesman for Carolinas Medical Center, where Mr Canipe is being treated, said he is in fair condition after the incident.

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