Sean Groubert

A former South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who is already facing assault and battery charges stemming from the shooting last year of an unarmed black man at a gas station is now also facing shoplifting charges, the Huffington Post reports. 

Sean Groubert, 32, was ultimately fired after approaching Levar Jones regarding a traffic violation in September 2014 and then shooting Jones as he reached for his wallet. Groubert now works as a truck driver.


Court papers released Monday showed that Groubert, along with his wife, Morgan, was arrested Oct. 18 for reportedly shoplifting at a Columbia, S.C., Wal-Mart. The Grouberts allegedly switched price tags on food to change the total price of their purchases from $135 to $30, HuffPost notes.

"Please keep me out of jail," the former officer pleaded with a judge on Monday. The Grouberts are reportedly out on bond and under house arrest.


Groubert first made headlines last year after firing three times at Jones after Jones reached back into his vehicle to get his license at the officer’s instruction.

“I just got my license; you said get my license!” Jones can be heard saying from the ground in dash-cam video of the incident. “That’s my license right there.”

Jones was hit once in the hip and ultimately received a $285,000 settlement in February. If convicted of the assault and battery charges, Groubert could be sentenced to up to 20 years. No trial date has been set yet.


Read more at the Huffington Post.