NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – We all know how the deadly shooting in South Carolina ends. Now, we’re getting a first look at how it all began.
Dash cam video shows the moment police officer Michael Slager pulls over Walter Scott last Saturday morning.
At first, it’s standard operating procedure. Slager approaches the car and asks Scott for his driver’s license.
Slager tells Scott his brake light is out.
A few seconds later, the talk turns to paperwork and questions over Scott’s recent purchase of the car.
Slager walks back to his patrol car, but a few moments later Scott opens his door and starts to get out of the car.
Slager yells at him to stay in the car. Scott sits back down, but not for long. He may have been worried about a bench warrant out for his arrest. Apparently, he`s failed to pay more than $18,000 in back child support for two kids.
The chase happens off camera, but there is some audio picked up by Slager’s microphone.
A second witness to come forward says a tussle ensues.
“No, it wasn’t on the ground rolling,” said Gwen Nichols. “It was like a tussle type of thing, you know like, ‘what do you want’ and ‘what did I do’ type of thing.”
They were on the ground when the man who took the cell phone video started rolling.
“The cop was on top of him,” said Feidin Santana, “he was just tasing him, tasing Mr. Scott.”
Slager’s mother, Karen Sharpe, told ABC she hasn’t seen the horrific video, but she can’t imagine her son killing an unarmed man while he ran away.
“I just have to let it be, and hope god takes care of everybody involved. Not only my family but to Scott’s family.”
Slager has traded in his badge and gun for a striped jumpsuit and jail cell. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison or the death penalty. Even if he is found guilty, there will be no winners in this case.