Deadly mistakes

, Posted: Thu, February 27 2014 at 2:05 PM, Updated: Thu, February 27 2014 at 2:16 PM

Clover, S.C. -- (WCNC)  A 70-year-old man reaching for his cane was shot by a deputy in York County, South Carolina Tuesday evening according to the sheriff's office.

It happened during a traffic stop on Highway 321 in Clover.

During a Tuesday press conference, the sheriff's office said Deputy Terence Knox pulled over Canipe for an expired license plate on his white pickup truck. Police say Canipe got out of his vehicle, despite Deputy Knox telling him not to. Canipe then reached for his cane. 

Deputy Knox feared he was reaching for a weapon, according to investigators.

Paramedics transported Canipe, who was traveling back from the Daytona 500 with his girlfriend, to CMC in Charlotte for a gunshot wound. The girlfriend's daughter-in-law tells NBC Charlotte Canipe was hit in the lung, and he needs the cane to walk. He is expected to recover.

Deputy Knox has been with the department for three years. He is now on paid leave. The York County Sheriff's Office says Knox followed procedure for a situation like this.

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