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Dashcam video shows Charleston shooting suspect’s arrest

Shelby police on Monday released the dashcam video of the arrest of Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old white man accused of fatally shooting nine people at a Bible study at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
Shelby police on Monday released the dashcam video of the arrest of Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old white man accused of fatally shooting nine people at a Bible study at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Charlotte

Shelby police on Monday released the dashcam video of the arrest of Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old white man accused of fatally shooting nine people at a Bible study at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

The video shows at least one patrol car following Roof’s black Hyundai on U.S. 74 last Thursday before the Hyundai pulls onto a gravel driveway.

Two officers with guns drawn approach the car as several more approach but stay out of the car’s path. Moments later, Roof comes out of the car, is searched and then handcuffed.

The traffic stop takes place across the street from a Marathon gas station, its customers seemingly oblivious to the police activity nearby.

The video confirms the Shelby police department’s account that Roof surrendered meekly after he was approached by officers. The number of officers – at least five can be seen in the video, including what appears to be a sergeant – and the fact that they approach the four-door sedan with guns drawn gives some hint of the seriousness of the situation.

After making contact with Roof, one officer speaks to him, apparently asking him to get out of the car, then searches and handcuffs him in about a minute.

Roof had been on the run for about 16 hours following the shooting. Police stopped him on N.C. 74 after a florist tipped them off about the location of his black Hyundai.

Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford told the Observer that after he was stopped, Roof lowered his window and calmly handed over his driver’s license.

“I’m Dylann Roof,” he said.

He put up no resistance, though authorities say they found a .45-caliber handgun in Roof’s car.

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