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(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — A white former state trooper in South Carolina who was caught on video shooting an unarmed black man pleaded guilty Monday to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to ABC News affiliate WOLO-TV.

Dash-cam video of the Sept. 2014 shooting shows Trooper Sean Groubert stopping Levar Jones at a convenience store for a seat belt violation, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

After Groubert asked for his license, Jones, 35, turned back toward his car and reached inside. Groubert then began shooting and yelling at Jones, “Get out of the car.”

Jones, who was unarmed, was hit in the hip with a bullet, police said. He can be heard saying, “I just got my license. You said get my license.”

Groubert was fired and arrested the same month of the shooting.

WOLO-TV in Columbia reported that the judge accepted Groubert’s plea Monday and that he will be taken into custody until sentencing.

ABC News has reached out to Groubert’s attorney for comment.

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