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Watch: Officers high-five as the US's most wanted man is calmly arrested by small-town cops

Dylann Roof was arrested the morning after the Charleston shootings.

Source: Charlotte Observer/YouTube

LESS THAN 14 hours after nine black people were shot dead at a historic church in South Carolina, suspect Dylann Roof was arrested by police officers.

Roof was arrested in Selby, North Carolina, about 250 miles from Charleston where the shootings took place.

Dashcam footage of the arrest has now been published by a local news outlet and shows the small town officers first approaching Roof’s car with guns drawn.

Then, as Roof submitted to several searches, the atmosphere appears to calm and the officers are even seeing high-fiving each other.


Shelby police Chief Jeff Ledford told Yahoo News that he was “stunned” when he heard that Roof was arrested in the small town.

The suspect’s black Hyundai was spotted in the town and police organised a traffic stop involving a team of officers in case something happened.

“The planning was done as they were getting prepared to stop him,” Ledford said.

When dealing with someone who may not have a lot to lose, you always worry about what they may do and what dangers they present.

Roof has been charged with nine murders, and the state’s governor has called for him to face the death penalty if convicted.

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Rónán Duffy

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