SLED releases new dash cam video of fatal deputy-involved shooting

VIDEO: Additional footage released in deadly shooting of suspect
Source: SLED
Source: SLED

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The State Law Enforcement Division released additional dash cam video of a deadly encounter between Dorchester County deputies and a shooting suspect.

The suspect, 24-year-old Shamir Palmer, was killed on Aug. 8 after investigators said he pulled out a gun and refused to drop it.

The three deputies who shot Shamir Palmer last month were cleared of any wrongdoing by Solicitor David Pascoe. One of the videos shows the angle Pascoe said led to his decision.

A closer look at the footage reveals the deadly encounter happened in  matter of seconds. Dorchester County deputies are seen surrounding  Palmer after a high speed chase and are heard ordering him out of his car.

Palmer appears to start to get out of the car, but then a deputy spots something.

"He's got a gun," a deputy says on the tape.

Then shots are fired.

Moments later, Palmer is dead. It was about 15 seconds between the order to get out of the car and the shots fired by the deputies.

Pascoe said an enhanced version of the video shows Palmer grasping something in both hands before the truck drives up and blocks the shot.

When Pascoe cleared the deputies of any wrongdoing, he also noted that deputies found a pistol near the driver's side door.

The new footage comes the same day the National Action Network called for the state's attorney general to have a grand jury investigate the incident.

At a press conference outside the sheriff's office Wednesday morning, National Action Network state president Elder James Johnson said his organization and Palmer's family believe the shooting was not justified.

Those deputies will have sleepless nights, restless days, knowing they were wrong," Palmer's uncle Rev. Randy Simmons said.

"This is not the end," Johnson told reporters.

In a statement, First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said he found no wrongdoing on the part of the deputies.

"This is an open and shut case, these officers are heroes," Pascoe said. "They put their lives on the line that night for our safety. If they had hesitated for a second, one of them may be dead."

Investigators say Palmer was involved in another shooting a few hours before the incident, then fired a shot at a highway patrol who tried to pull him over for speeding.

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