South Carolina cop, Cassandra Dollard, was charged Wednesday with voluntary manslaughter in fatal shooting of unarmed man after high-speed chase
Hemingway Police Officer Dollard, 52, attempted to pull over Robert Langley early Sunday morning after he blew through a stop sign
Langley, 46, fled and led Dollard on a car chase as fast as 100 mph
Six minutes into the chase began, Langley drove into a ditch, then stepped out of the car through the front passenger door
Dollard fired once, hitting Langley who was later pronounced dead
Warrant affidavit states that Dollard who claimed she was “in fear for her safety,” admitted that “she did not identify a weapon in Langley’s hands, nor was a weapon recovered at the scene”
An officers with the Hemingway Police Department, in South Carolina, was arrested Wednesday and charged with voluntary manslaughter after she shot and killed an unarmed man at the end of a police chase over the weekend.
According to police reports Officer Cassandra Dollard, 52, attempted to pull over Robert Langley around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after he blew through a stop sign.
The probable cause affidavit from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division states that Langley, 46, fled and led Dollard on a car chase as fast as 100 mph, heading onto the highway in Georgetown County.
About six minutes and eight miles after the chase began, Langley drove into a ditch, then got out of the car through the front passenger door, according to officials.
Officer Dollard fired once at the emerging figure, hitting Langley in the chest. He was taken to Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning, according to the Georgetown County Coroner’s Office.
In interviews after the shooting, Dollard claimed she was “in fear for her safety.”
“Dollard stated she did not identify a weapon in Langley’s hands, nor was a weapon recovered at the scene,” Special Agent Ashley Jolda wrote in the arrest warrant affidavit.
Langley, a new grandfather, “posed no threat,” his family’s lawyer Bakari Sellers said at a press conference hours before Dollard’s arrest Wednesday.
“We know that he was unarmed. We know that he posed no threat. We know that he was not attempting to harm the officer in any way. We know that she was beyond her jurisdiction,” Sellers said, according to WCSC.
“And from what we’ve seen today on that video, we can tell you that we believe and his family believes that a crime was committed.”
Dash cam footage shown to the family showed Langley “gurgling blood and fighting for air,” Sellers said. Making her first court appearance in Georgetown County, charged with voluntary manslaughter, the judge set her bond at $150,000, with prosecutors arguing that she was a flight risk.
Dollard was working for her sixth department in her career when she was charged, and according to her training history she was terminated from two of those departments
According to that training history from the state Criminal Justice Academy, Dollard had joined the Hemingway Police Department five months ago, in September 2021. She was Previously she had been employed by the St. Stephen Police Department for six years and left on her own accord.
WCSC reports that she was twice fired from other law enforcement jobs. In April of 2002, Dollard was fired from her position with the Johnsonville Police Department for “poor performance.”
Then in September of 2014 she was fired from her position with the Department of Public Safety. In that personnel change in status report, then Director of Public Safety Leroy Smith says she violated multiple policies including willful violation of rules, improper conduct unbecoming of a state employee and negligence in the performance of duty.