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SC trooper fired for using excessive force in shooting of unarmed man during traffic stop

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A trooper who shot an unarmed man after a traffic stop in Columbia earlier this month has been fired.

Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith said in a statement that Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Sean Groubert was not threatened when he fired his gun Sept. 4 after pulling over a man for a seatbelt violation.

Smith says the driver got out of his car and was reaching back inside after Groubert asked for his license when the trooper started firing. The driver survived.

The shooting happened at a convenience store off Interstate 20.

Prosecutors have the State Law Enforcement Division's report on the shooting and are considering whether Groubert should face criminal charges. They also promise to release dashboard camera video of the shooting after the case is reviewed.

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