Shocking video taken from a police vehicle shows an officer shooting an unarmed man in a gas station after he is pulled over for a seatbelt violation.
The incident occurred in the parking lot of a ‘Circle K’ on Broad River Road Sept. Lance Cpl. Sean Groubert pulled Levar Edward Jones over for a seatbelt violation and asked him to produce his license. Levar Jones is seen checking his pocket then after realizing he did not have it, turns to his vehicle to retrieve it.
In the next moments, officer Groubert is seen coming into frame and shooting at the unarmed Jones several times. “What did I do, sir?” Jones can be heard asking after he hits the floor. “I don’t know what happened, I just grabbed my license.” Groubert can then be heard explaining to Jones he shot because he went back into his vehicle.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety fired Sean Groubert on Friday after a review with Public Safety Director Leroy Smith siting: Groubert did not follow protocol when he shot 35-year-old Levar Jones at a Circle K store in Columbia after a traffic stop on Sept. 4.
Some have argued that Jones reached for his license “aggressively” and that Trooper Groubert may have thought he was reaching for a gun. According to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, Groubert posted $75,000 bond Wednesday night. Groubert is facing an assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature charge, which could carry a 20 year prison sentence.