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Mother of South Carolina Officer Speaks Out, Sheds Tears in Emotional Interview

"He has a little baby on the way, due next month, and they worked so hard for this baby."

The mother of the South Carolina cop charged with murder after fatally shooting a man in the back as he fled said she has been unable to bring herself to watch the graphic video of the incident.

"I purposefully not watched it," Karen Sharpe told ABC News. "I've purposefully tried not to hear people's comments about it. I just can't watch it. I can't read the papers, I just can't."

"Maybe to some people, 'Well, you're being in denial,' but I'm sorry I just can't. I just I know how Michael is," she added.

Video that surfaced Tuesday shows officer 33-year-old Michael Slager fire eight rounds at 50-year-old Walter Scott as he fled on foot during a traffic stop for a broken tail light Saturday.

Sharpe told ABC News that her son "loved being a police officer" and had a pregnant wife. The mother said she can't imagine Slager doing anything to jeopardize not being around while his child grows up.

[sharequote align="right"]"I just have to let it be and hope God takes care of everybody involved."[/sharequote]

"He has a little baby on the way, due next month, and they worked so hard for this baby," Sharpe said. "I know he would go to all the appointments, all the OB appointments, and he had to miss it today."

"She was just so sad because he was not there and I know that he would not do something purposeful to not be able to be with his wife during the delivery. They just tried so hard for this," she added to ABC News.

Sharpe said she has been praying for the family of Scott.

"Their life will never be the same again and my life will never be the same again," she told ABC News. "Even though they're not the same things that have happened, I know there are changes in both their family and my family ... and that's the part that bothers me. They've changed forever."

"I just have to let it be and hope God takes care of everybody involved — not only my family but the Scott's family — because I know they're grieving just like I'm grieving," she concluded.

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