Charleston shooting: Video released showing arrest of suspect Dylann Roof

The 21-year-old was arrested around 15 hours after nine people were killed

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Police have released video footage that shows the arrest of Dylann Roof, the young man charged with nine counts of murder over the shooting of nine black church members in Charleston.

The footage shows the 21-year-old Mr Roof being detained by officers close to the city of Shelby in North Carolina, about 245 miles from Charleston, located in neighbouring South Carolina.

The footage shows being Mr Roof being detained around 15 hours after the shooting dead of nine church members who were attending bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The day Mr Roof was arrested a racist online 'manifesto', believed to be written by him, was discovered online. It contained a pro-segregation world view and said Charleston had been chosen because of its history and because it one had the largest black population in the state.


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