(NBC News) – Officials in Cincinnati say a university police officer who shot a driver to death during a routine traffic stop probably would not have been indicted for murder without a critical piece of evidence — video from a camera worn by the cop.

“We’re glad that we did have it,” Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said on MSNBC on Wednesday.

University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing claimed in an incident report that he was dragged by Samuel Dubose’s car during the July 19 stop, officials said. Tensing, 25, said he was “almost run over by the driver of the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver with his duty weapon.”

But bodycam video told a different story, prosecutors said.

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