CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The former North Charleston police officer arrested in the shooting death of a man during a traffic stop is being kept in protective custody, deputies say.
Michael Slager, 33, is charged with murder in the death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. He was taken into custody after a bond hearing Tuesday night.
Slager is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center where Charleston County deputies confirm he is in protective custody and being kept away from the rest of the inmates.
Deputies say because of the nature of the case, keeping him separated from other inmates is safer.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey confirmed Wednesday Slager has been fired from the police department.
Slager lives in Hanahan and is married with two stepchildren. He and his wife are expecting a baby due at the end of next month, sources say.
Summey said despite Slager's termination from the department, North Charleston will pay for Slager's wife's health insurance through the baby's birth, calling it the humane thing to do.