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Dash-cam video provides more clues into deputy-involved shooting

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Dash-camera video from Drayton's shooting. Dash-camera video from Drayton's shooting.
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Newly released dash-camera video from the night 51-year-old Derryl Drayton was shot is providing more information about what happened that Saturday night.

Members of Drayton's family are claiming that he was not violent that night, and that he was unarmed. According to Charleston County Sheriff, Al Cannon, Drayton was armed and threatened to hurt himself.

The dash-camera video paints a tense scene that seems to support what Cannon discussed Monday.

"Don't do it. Don't do it. You don't want to do that," a female Deputy screamed at Drayton.

"Yes I do," Drayton said back.

A few seconds later, the sound of Tasers could be heard in the video. Deputies fired multiple Tasers at Drayton, but they either malfunctioned or just failed to stop Drayton, according to Cannon. Soon after he was tased, Drayton could be seen running away from Deputies towards a field, where he jumped a fence. The situation quickly escalated.

"Drop the knife," a deputy said.

Deputies then opened fire, killing Drayton. Deputies could be heard saying, "good job, good job" shortly after the shooting.

While members of Drayton's family told News 2 he was unarmed, the video shows that Drayton did, in fact, have a weapon.

"Where's the knife," a Deputy said.

"He threw it at me," another was heard saying.

Cannon said the wound the Deputy received was a puncture wound that did not require stitches.

This is not Drayton's first run-in with authorities. Back in 2005, Drayton was arrested for resisting arrest after he allegedly assaulted two officers. Drayton also served time in prison for 3rd degree arson, according to his background check obtained by News 2.

On Wednesday, the NAACP will hold a press conference to discuss Drayton's shootings and what they are calling a, "troubling wave" of police violence in the area.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating this incident. The two deputies who fired shots at Drayton have been placed on administrative leave, per protocol

 

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