Police dashcam videos released Tuesday show the exact moment that officers in Shelby, North Carolina, arrested Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last Wednesday. Authorities captured Roof Thursday in Shelby, nearly 250 miles from the shooting scene in Charleston. South Carolina.
In dashcam video obtained by ABC News, a pair of Shelby police officers approached Roof’s black Hyundai Elantra with their guns drawn. One of them then approached the driver’s side door, while at least four other officers surrounded the vehicle from the rear.
Roof, 21, who was clad in a white T-shirt, rolled-up black sweatpants and construction boots, appeared to be cooperative with the arresting officer and submitted to a search. He was placed in handcuffs and escorted to a waiting cop car. Once he was in custody, Shelby police searched his car and celebrated his capture with fist bumps and high-fives.
“The stop was textbook, and fortunately uneventful,” Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford told Yahoo News.
A police report said authorities recovered a Glock handgun from Roof’s car, ABC News notes. Officials had previously declined to say whether a weapon was recovered from the vehicle, and they have yet to confirm if the handgun was the same weapon used on the attack at Emanuel AME Church.
Shelby police stopped Roof’s vehicle on a stretch of the Interstate 74 after authorities received a tip on suspicious activity in the area, Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said at a press conference hours after the arrest. Roof was charged with nine counts of murder and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. He has yet to enter a formal plea, though various reports said he confessed to the attack while in police custody.
Authorities confirmed Saturday that Roof operated a website that included a racist manifesto. The website also included several photos of Roof posing with Confederate imagery.
“I have no choice,” Roof wrote on the website, according to the Washington Post. “I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is [the] most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest radio of blacks to Whites in the country.”