NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man shot and killed by a North Charleston Police officer after a traffic stop Saturday morning had an active warrant for his arrest, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say there was an active family court warrant out for 50-year-old Walter Scott.
According to police reports released Monday, 33-year-old Patrolman First Class Michael Slager was conducting a traffic stop on Scott's car for a brake light that was out and not working.
Reports state Scott attempted to flee, resulting in a foot pursuit. Officer Slager then deployed his Taser weapon to detain the driver but was unsuccessful, a spokesperson for the police department said.
Police say an altercation then began between Slager and Scott resulting in a fight for the officer's Taser. During the fight, Scott allegedly gained control of the Taser to use it against the officer who then fired his service weapon at the suspect.