Estill Police Department Officer Quincy Smith actually purchased the camera on his own. He spent $30 for a device that was attached to his eyeglasses. Because of that purchase, prosecutors had a video of Smith being shot three times at point-blank range last January.
This week, 29-year-old Malcolm Orr was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being found guilty by a South Carolina jury of the attempted murder of Officer Smith as well as a weapons charge. Smith suffered two broken arms and a life-threatening neck injury.
Given the fact that Smith was shot at point-blank range three times, the prosecutor said if doctors hadn’t performed a miracle and saved the officer’s life, Orr would have faced the death penalty.
Officer Smith pursued Orr when he was informed that a man wearing a red bandanna and camouflage tried to steal groceries from a store.
The situation escalated very quickly after Smith asked Orr to stop. Orr fired eights shots at Smith, striking him three times. Smith believed they were fatal wounds.
“I am hit. I am hit in my neck someplace,” he told the police dispatcher. “Dispatch, please tell my family I love them.”
The video that helped convict Orr can be seen below. It is hard to watch without remembering that Smith survived.
Full video of the incident is below. Assistance doesn’t show up until about the 10-minute mark. You can hear Officer Smith discuss his injuries with paramedics. He also mentions the camera he has on his glasses.
Thank God that Officer Smith survived. Our cops are constantly putting their lives on the line to protect us! They should have body cameras and they shouldn’t have to pay for them. Our government shells out so much money for illegals when our police should be a priority instead!
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Source: NY Post