14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office states: “Before Estill Police Officer Quincy Smith answered a service call for a possible armed robbery, he flipped on the body-camera goggles he purchased for himself over the Internet. Months later, while testifying against the man who tried to kill him, he called it the best $30 he ever spent. Here’s the footage, captured by Smith, that helped convict Malcolm Antwan Orr, 29, of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.”
New York Post reports:
Startling video footage captured by a South Carolina cop’s personal body-camera shows the officer being shot three times at point-blank range — with him asking a dispatcher to “tell my family that I love them” — in what he thought was his last dying breath.
Officer Quincy Smith, of the Estill Police Department, managed to survive that fateful day last January after suffering two broken arm bones and a “life threatening” neck injury, according to Hampton County officials.
His shooter, Malcolm Orr, 29, was found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a weapon and sentenced to 35 years on Wednesday following a two-day trial.
“If but not for the grace of God and some very good doctors, this would not only have been a murder case, but a death penalty case,” explained 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, who prosecuted the case.
Smith had been responding to a suspicious persons call on New Years Day 2016 when the shooting happened at about 11 a.m., authorities said.
A clerk at a local store told the officer that a man wearing camouflage and a red bandana had been trying to steal groceries away from customers.
Upon his arrival, Smith spotted Orr walking away from the store and approached him in his vehicle.
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 cell phone, to stop.
It took merely 45 minutes for the jury to arrive at a guilty verdict.