Video shows South Carolina officer Michael Slager shooting black man in the back

Victoria Harper
By Victoria Harper 04/08/2015 06:55:00

This is the moment a police officer shot eight times at a fleeing man, hitting him in the back and killing him.

Patrolman Michael Slager, 33, opened fire on Walter Scott, 50, as he was running from him in Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday.

Slager was charged with murder after footage of the killing filmed by a bystander emerged.

According to the Charleston Post and Courier, Scott was running from Slager following a traffic stop. There was reportedly a warrant out for his arrest.

Slager reportedly tried to use a Taser on Scott, who ran away. Footage shows the officer letting off eight shots. After the he finished firing, Scott falls to the ground and Slager calls for back-up.

Scott was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Victoria Harper
By Victoria Harper 04/08/2015 06:55:00