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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Another deadly officer involved shooting has North Texans and people across the country talking. The South Carolina police officer who fatally shot a man during a traffic stop in an incident captured on video is being charged with murder, reports CBS affiliate WCSC.
North Charleston Patrolman First Class Michael Slager, 33, is facing the charge in connection with the Saturday morning shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott, reports the station.
The video was provided to CBS News by a lawyer for Scott’s family.
It appears to show the officer shooting towards Scott’s back at least eight times as Scott ran away. A deputy coroner wasn’t immediately available to confirm how many times Scott was hit, according to the Post & Courier newspaper.
Officer Slager is white; the victim, Scott, was black.
At a press conference Tuesday, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said someone recorded video of the incident which was sent to Scott’s family and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Authorities say the victim was shot after the officer already hit him with a stun gun.
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