Dash-camera video footage shows North Carolina police officers high-fiving and fist-bumping each other after the arrest of Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white supremacist accused of murdering nine black worshipers at a Methodist church in Charleston, South Carolina last week.
Following a tip from a motorist, officers stopped Roof in Shelby, North Carolina on Thursday, about 240 miles north of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church 14 hours after the attack, which is being investigated as a hate crime. The video footage was released on Tuesday.
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Four officers approached Roof’s black Hyundai sedan, with two guns drawn. One re-holsters his weapon as he approached the driver’s window.
Roof gets out of the car, is frisked and then handcuffed before being led back to a patrol car, where he is placed in the backseat.
Officers found a semiautomatic Glock .45-caliber pistol hidden beneath a pillow in the backseat of Dylann Roof’s vehicle.
Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder as well as a weapons charge. He is being held without bail in Charleston County Jail, USA Today reported.
This isn’t Roof’s first run-in with the law. Roof was arrested in February after he unnerved employees at a Columbia shopping mall by asking unusual questions about staffing levels and closing times according to what mall employees told police.
According to a Columbia Police Department incident report, a police search of Roof found an unlabeled bottle stuffed with strips of Suboxone, an opioid painkiller that is sometimes misused by people addicted to drugs such as oxycodone or heroin.
The incident report said Roof tried to say the strips were breath fresheners before admitting that a friend had given him the prescription drug. An officer arrested Roof for possession of a controlled substance, Reuters said.
The case appeared to still be pending according to county court records.