A South Carolina cop is being charged with murder following a fatal shooting of a man he pulled over during a traffic stop Saturday in North Charleston, local media reports.
The officer, identified as Michael Slager with the North Charleston Police Department, was arrested Tuesday. Slager fired eight shots at the motorist who appeared to be unarmed and fleeing from the scene.The incident was caught on camera by an onlooker.
“I can tell you that as the result of that video and the bad decision made by our officer, he will be charged with murder,” North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey told reporters Tuesday.
“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And if you make a bad decision — don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street — you have to live by that decision,” added Summery.
The victim has been identified as 50-year-old Walter Scott, according to CNN.