Teen grabs for BB gun, alarms police officer

by: Greg Suskin Updated:

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YORK COUNTY, S.C. - One day after dash cam video was released of an officer-involved shooting in York County, S.C., Eyewitness News obtained exclusive video of another incident that could have been deadly.
 
On March 7, York police answered a call about a man with a gun.  Lt. Dale Edwards went to an apartment complex off Highway 321.
 
Edwards was told that someone was seen showing a gun to a group of children.
 
He arrived, got out of his car, and saw the possible suspect sitting on a porch. He approached the person, who turned out to be 16 years old, with caution.
 
"I'm looking at the suspect. I'm watching his hands, watching his feet -- watching his demeanor," Edwards said.
 
The incident was captured by the small camera Edwards was wearing on his head.
 
The camera showed the teen sitting on the porch at a small table. 
 
As Edwards approached, the boy suddenly stood u, then picked up the gun from the table.
 
Edwards drew his gun and pointed it at the teen. 
 
"Put that down! Put it down!" Edwards said.
 
The teen immediately dropped the gun and raised his arms. 
 
Edwards told Channel 9 he was very close to pulling the trigger.  He said one more move by the teen and he would have.
 
"If he had turned just a little bit more toward me," he said.
 
After that, Edwards moved in quickly with his gun still drawn and held the suspect against the wall.
 
He asked the teen what he was thinking -- picking up a gun in front of a police officer.
 
"I said, 'Don't you know you can get killed doing something like that?’”
 
“I didn't know what to do,” the teen answered.
 
Edwards soon realized the gun was a BB pistol. 
 
It was a near replica of a Beretta and has no markings of being a toy.
 
Last month, York County Sheriff's Deputy Terrance Knox pulled over 70-year-old Bobby Canipe in Clover, S.C.  
 
After ordering him to stop moving and yelling instructions at him, Canipe reached into the bed of his