RADFORD, Va. — Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time.
That turned out to be the case for Ashe County-based photographer Susan Colvard Carter, who captured a tense moment at a Donald Trump rally in Radford, VA, on Feb. 29.
While filming protestors being led from a gymnasium, Carter caught on camera two men getting into verbal altercation that turned physical. Carter and the Associated Press identified one man as a Secret Service agent and the other as a news media photographer.
The AP identifies the photographer as Chad Morris. Carter’s video appears to show Morris jockeying for a better view of the event’s protestors when he is confronted by the man identified as a Secret Service agent.
Morris and the agent appear to exchange words before the agent then takes Morris to the ground. The AP reported that Morris was escorted from the arena.
Carter said she filmed the event from inside the media pen – she said it was centrally located on the floor of the building – and was filming protestors that were being escorted from the arena.
“As I was scanning through the crowd I just happened to see these two guys and pulled out my phone and started recording,” Carter said.
Carter said she understands the photographer was likely trying to get a better angle to get photos of protestors, but she also said media were clearly told they would need to remain inside the media area until they were told otherwise.
“We were told to stay inside that pen and that we can’t go out,” Carter said. “We were all told the same thing. Who knows what the reporter said to the agent and what the agent said to him, but I think people are going to try to make the Secret Service look bad here.”
The Secret Service has not identified the agent’s name and said the incident is under investigation, according to the AP.