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Video: S.C. Deputy Shoots Knife-Wielding Attacker

August 30, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Knife Attack at S.C. Traffic Stop

A Clarendon County (S.C.) Sheriff's deputy was forced to shoot a man who attacked him with a seven-inch butcher knife while he was citing a motorist for speeding.

Deputy Danny Graham was standing at the side of a white Chevy SUV explaining the ticket to the violator, when Anthony Pearson, 37, dropped his backpack, drew the knife, and advanced toward the officer.

In an audio recording, Pearson can be heard yelling, "Come on, motherf***er, Come on," while he draws the knife. The incident was captured on the deputy's dash-cam. The motive for the attack is still under investigation.

Sheriff Randy Garrett told WLTX the deputy made the right decision.

Tags: Clarendon County (S.C.) Sheriff, Edged Weapons, Officer Involved Shootings, Vehicle Stops


Comments (4)

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Chuck McKenzie @ 8/30/2012 7:00 PM

Sheriff Garrett, congratulations on having an officer who, through training and actually having a sheriff who understands police work, made the right decision and eliminated a scumbag from the gene pool. St. Louis, MO officers did the same yesterday to a drug addict who came at them with a machete, the 15th time this year they have had to resort to this action to save themselves or others.

Tim @ 8/30/2012 9:13 PM

Unfortunately the scumbag did live. This guy was going to try to kill the officer. Great quick reaction by the officer, but he should of let of a few more rounds and finished him off.

FireCop @ 8/31/2012 4:29 AM

I've known Sheriff Garrett for years and can attest that he is a quality person who makes sure his Deputies are first class people. This result was correct due in large part to his leadership. I only hope the system of justice supports him and his people beyond this. Be safe.

Jeff @ 9/8/2012 5:14 PM

Surprised he went down this fast, pretty dangerous walking backwards in traffic and pulling your weopon good thing he dropped.

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