SC Hero Shoots Man For Getting His Driver’s License

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Video Released of Trooper-Involved Shooting

Dash cam video of an encounter between a South Carolina state trooper and a man on September 4, 2014. (Video: SC Dept. of Public Safety)

Columbia, SC (WLTX) – The video showing a shooting involving a former South Carolina state trooper and an unarmed man has been released to the public.

The video was taken from the dash camera installed inside 31-year-old Sean Groubert’s vehicle during an encounter in which Groubert shot 35-year-old Levar Jones on September 4th. The incident took place at a Circle K gas station on Broad River Road in Columbia.

Groubert was charged Wednesday with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in connection with the incident. Bond was set at $75,000.

In the video, Jones can be seen getting out of his car when Groubert pulled up and asked for his license. Jones reached in his car for his license and Groubert immediately shot at Jones several times.

Jones was hit by one bullet in the hip. He is recovering at home after being hospitalized for the injury.

While shooting at Jones, Groubert yelled “Get out of the car, get out of the car.”

Jones replied,”I just got my license, you said get my license.”

Groubert responded by telling Jones to get on the ground.

While on the ground Jones said, “I have my license right here, you said get my license.”

In the video Groubert can be heard asking Jones if he was hit by a bullet and went on to say, “Bro, you dove head first back into your car.”


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  1. Well, one take away from this:

    If you fail to wear your seat belt, and the State will shoot you… All in the interest of keeping you ‘safe’.


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