Charleston church shootings: Police release video of Dylann Roof’s arrest

Dylann Roof
Dylann Roof appears via video before a judge, in Charleston, S.C., Friday, June 19, 2015. The 21-year-old accused of killing nine people inside a black church in Charleston made his first court appearance, with the relatives of all the victims making tearful statements. AP Photo

North Carolina police Tuesday released video of the arrest of Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white man accused of having gunned down nine people at a black South Carolina church last week. The video, recorded by a dash camera in the car of a patrol car, shows four officers approaching Roof’s car in Shelby, North Carolina, last Thursday morning, some with guns drawn. He is then frisked and handcuffed without incident.

Shelby is about 250 miles from Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people, including the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, were shot and killed the night before at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Roof is charged with nine counts of murder in what investigators have called a racial hate crime. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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