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New audio captures aftermath of deadly South Carolina shooting

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(CNN) — Two pieces of audio recorded in the immediate aftermath of a deadly police shooting in South Carolina emerged Monday.

In this story

  • In the first recording, an unidentified officer talks to Slager about what might happen
  • The second audio captures a phone call between Slager and someone CNN believes is his wife

The voice of Michael Slager can be heard in both. The former North Charleston police officer is charged with murder in the death of 50-year-old Walter Scott.

In the first recording, an unidentified officer talks to Slager about what might happen.

“Once they get here, it’ll be real quick. They’re gonna tell you, you’re gonna be off for a couple days and we’ll come back and interview you then. They’re not gonna ask you any type of questions right now. They’re gonna take your weapon,” the officer says. “It’d probably be a good idea to jot down your thoughts about whatever happened … once the adrenaline stops pumping.”

Slager responds: “It’s pumping,” and then laughs.

The second audio, taken from dash cam video from inside a patrol car, captures a phone call between Slager and someone CNN believes is his wife.

He tells her: “Hey. Hey, everything’s OK. OK? I just shot somebody.”

“He grabbed my Taser, yeah. Yeah,” says Slager. “He was running from me. … I’m fine.”

If convicted of murder, the former officer faces up to life in prison or the death penalty.

He was charged after cell phone video emerged, showing Slager firing at Scott as the man ran away.

His death has reignited a national conversation around race and policing. Scott was black; Slager is white.

The case has also brought to light previous instances in which Slager’s behavior on the job is being questioned.

On Monday, attorneys for a man named Julius Wilson announced that they were filing a lawsuit in connection with an August 2014 traffic stop.

During the stop, three officers — including Slager — pulled Wilson out of his car. Wilson was then allegedly shocked with a stun gun. The suit claims Slager used excessive force.

Slager was also named in a police complaint in 2013 after he allegedly “Tased a man for no reason” before slamming him to the ground and dragging him, according to the North Charleston Police Department.

At the time, Slager was searching for a suspect who was described as being 5-feet-5-inches tall. The African-American man he confronted was 6-feet-3 inches tall.

A lawyer for Mario Givens, the man who filed the complaint, said last week that his client plans to file a lawsuit.

Givens said Slager came to his door, ordered him out of the house and then Tased him.

Slager was later cleared in that incident.

CNN’s Ray Sanchez contributed to this report.

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4 comments

  • John Gilday

    This D-Bag deserves AT LEAT life in prison, but I don’t think possible nervous chuckling should be held against him in a moment of peak emotion… we’re all human.

  • "peety"

    yet another police force who will reap what they sow. Bad cops need to be fired on the first offense, not after they finally kill someone.

  • John Fuller

    This has hoax written all over it. The reactions of the victim are absolutely not consistent with someone that has been shot multiple times with a police issue service weapon. The amount of blood loss would have been extensive which is not happening in the video after the 2nd officer arrived to check him over. A person that is shot in the back multiple times does not require a shirt to be lifted to determine if gunshots have been sustained. This is fake… CNN is the same network that reported weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, right?

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