Here’s the shocking video of the moment a cop was shot at point blank range in the course of doing his job
The officer, Quincy Smith of the Estill Police Department in South Carolina, was responding to the call of a suspicious person taking things from shoppers outside of a local store on New Year’s Day 2016.
He drove up to the man, Malcolm Orr, who was dressed in camouflage and asked him politely to stop.
From NY Post:
The video — which was captured with a camera that Smith bought himself and placed on his eyeglasses — shows him exiting his squad car and politely asking Orr, who is on his cellphone, to stop.
Orr continued, holding his phone in his left hand, but keeping his right hand in his pocket.
Smith tells him to get his hand out of his pocket and stop, telling him he will tase him if he doesn’t stop.
Orr takes a few more steps before finally revealing the weapon — a 9mm handgun — and opening fire.
“Shots fired!” Smith screams, while running back to his vehicle.
“I am hit. I am hit in my neck someplace,” he says. “Dispatch, please tell my family I love them.”
While cops initially said Smith was shot three times, he ultimately was fired upon “not once, not twice, not three times, or four, or five, or six, or seven, but eight times,” according to prosecutors.
He has the presence of mind to call the dispatcher to get help.
You can feel Smith’s concern as he tells the dispatcher to ‘tell my family I love them,’ concerned that he might die.
But it’s eight very long minutes before EMS arrives.
In the meantime, a very kind man who didn’t know any first aid came and gave him what he could, encouraging him and helping to calm him, telling him he was with him, telling him help was coming.
Smith suffered two broken arm bones and a “life-threatening” neck injury, according to Hampton County officials, but he survived.
The camera that he was very smart to get helped convict Malcolm Orr of attempted murder and possession of a weapon. The jury found him guilty in 45 minutes. He was sentenced to 35 years on Wednesday following a two-day trial.
May we all remember the danger that cops face every single day when we see this and let them know how much we appreciate what they do.