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Body camera footage released by the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office in South Carolina shows just how quickly things can take a turn for a police officer in the line of fire.
On January 1, 2016, police officer Quincy Smith responded to a call about an individual harassing patrons in a convenience store.
In the footage, Smith pulls his squad car right behind the suspect in question. As Smith prepares to confront the man, the suspect who has one hand in his pocket, and the other on his phone, makes eye contact with the officer.
Smith radios in, “Dispatch E7, I will be out with that subject.” The officer exits the vehicle and asks the suspect to “come here.”
The man looks over at Smith a second time but continues to walk down the road. Smith asks him to “come here” again, to no avail.
At this point, the officer's tone changes. “Stop,” he orders. Smith continues to follow the suspect, requesting that he takes his hand out of his pocket.
But the man continues to walk away slowly, ignoring Smith's commands.
The officer turns up the heat and pulls out his taser. “If you don't stop, I'm going to tase you,” says Smith. “I'm not playing with you. Take your hands out of your pocket.”
The suspect takes his hand out of his pocket, revealing a handgun and pulls the trigger. Four gunshots ring out followed by Smith shouting “shots fired,” and then four additional shots. The footage becomes shaky, indicating Smith is running back to his squad vehicle.
Smith grabs his radio, yelling, “Dispatch I'm hit. Dispatch E7 I'm hit!”
Dispatch informs all available units to respond to the area, as Smith tells them he's been hit in the neck. The officer adds, “My arms are broken, help me please.”
Smith reports that the suspect fled, emphasizing that he is hurt badly. A few seconds later, the frame shakes, and he gets out his vehicle.
“Dispatch, please send help,” repeats Smith. Suddenly, the voice of a bystander can be heard in the footage. "I've called 911, I've called 911, is there anything I can do for you? Asks the bystander. The witness tells Smith his name is J. Tompkins.
Smith thanks Tompkins for coming to his aid. But has more personal thoughts on his mind. He radios into dispatch, “Dispatch, please tell my family, I love them.”
Being shot starts to take a heavy toll on Smith. Another call comes in from dispatch, which Smith asks Tompkins to take. “I'm here with the officer, my name is J. Tompkins. I don't know what to do, he's been hit in the neck.”
A few minutes later, a female voice can be heard in the distance. “Quincy, oh my God,” exclaims the woman, rushing towards the officer.
“You okay, baby?” the woman in distress asks. Tompkins kindly suggests that the woman keeps calm in the interest of Smith's welfare.
Smith once again thanks Tompkins for his Good Samaritan nature. A few minutes, later the ambulance arrives to pick up Smith, who is still alive.
According to WFTV, the suspect who attempted to kill Smith is named Malcolm Antwan Orr.
He was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his crime, and Smith's, testimony along with the body cam footage, is what put him away.