Here in LA LA land, with the most televised car chases anywhere, usually via helicopter FLIR camera, one has seen enough of these to know when a suspect RUNS from police, ending the car chase, suspect getting out of the car to run, 99.9 % of the time, LAPD DO NOT gun the suspect down, they RUN after the suspect and wait for the suspect to get tired and give up. Or maybe the suspect goes into a neighborhood, usually then locked down and it becomes a stand off. In ten years of viewing LAPD, CHP televised chasing stupid people, very few suspects end up being shot, especially in the back.
The only time we see a televised shooting/chase, the suspect usually will get out of the stopped or sometimes moving vehicle, and charge at police, when known suspect is knowingly carrying a weapon. If at that moment in time, the police feel the suspect is not going to stop, then the police will fire, and the suspect will be shot somewhere from the front.
Clearly this SC cop did not follow police 101. More like a fantasy television cop drama or movie like Lethal Weapon. It appears he already had him tased. How far could the 50 yr old man go before wearing out? Shooting anyone in the back, let alone a fleeing person, is a sign of cowardice(lack of bravery). This cop was neither brave nor heroic, just ignorant and stupid, "Small town sheriff" is what we have here. There is that fine line between reality and television drama. I am sorry for the man's family and their tragic loss. Ex cops do not fair too well in prison. With this video, at least a manslaughter charge if not 2nd degree.
Is it just "freeze"! or is it "freeze or I'll shoot"!