The Latest: Volunteer fired up to 8 times at black motorist

The Latest on a shooting by a volunteer police officer in South Carolina (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

A prosecutor says a volunteer police officer in South Carolina shot at a driver up to eight times after the man refused to get out of his vehicle during a traffic stop and appeared to be looking for something.

Solicitor Ed Clements says the State Law Enforcement Division is reviewing body camera and dashboard recordings frame by frame of the shooting Saturday night by a constable in Florence.

Authorities say the driver, who is black, was wounded and released from the hospital Monday.

The constable, who is white, was riding along with a Florence police officer. The mayor and police chief immediately sought to clear the city of responsibility, saying the city officer did not fire.

Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela plans a 1 p.m. Tuesday news conference and officials say he is considering releasing police video of the shooting.


7:45 a.m.

The shooting of a black motorist during a traffic stop this weekend has raised questions about South Carolina's training and oversight of volunteer law enforcers known as constables.

Florence police say the constable was riding along with an officer Saturday night when they stopped a driver and the constable wounded the man, who is expected to survive. It's unclear why the constable fired, and the police chief says his officer isn't being investigated.

State Rep. Terry Alexander, a Democrat, says he's heard troubling details that prompted his own inquiry.

The Post and Courier reports constables are appointed by the governor and can carry weapons and make arrests, but they're not trained by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and are not directly overseen by the State Law Enforcement Division.


Information from: The Post and Courier,