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Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Officer shot by armed suspect ignoring orders in SC

Officer shot by armed suspect ignoring orders in SC

He was sentenced to 35 years on Wednesday.

The video, released by the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office, shows Estill Police Officer Quincy Smith responding to a call about a man who was harassing people outside a convenience store on January 1, 2016 in SC. Smith spotted Orr walking from the store and ordered him to stop, but Orr instead fired eight times. He had previously purchased the glasses with his own money. "Stop", he orders. Smith continues to follow the suspect, requesting that he takes his hand out of his pocket. Smith noticed the man had his hands in his pockets and drew his taser.

On the day in question, Smith responded to call about someone harassing customers at a convenience store.

Orr quickly drew a handgun and fired at Smith, hitting him in the arm, neck, and torso. Two of those shots were fired when Smith was on the ground.

Smith sits in the vehicle for a moment and pleads for help before getting out and laying on the ground.

The encounter was filmed on a camera in Smith's glasses that he bought on Amazon, according to the release.

According to WJCL, Smith is still recovering both physically and emotionally.

Smith survived the incident despite a bullet completely severing a vein in the right side of his neck. The video showed Smith's bloody hand grabbing his radio and calling for help. At one point, apparently fearing the worst, Smith asks the dispatcher to convey a message to his family that he loves them. I don't know. Where are you shot at?

"Tell my family I love them". Its first chorus ends on prophetic line: "I won't leave without you, I won't leave without you".

The man who shot the officer was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a weapon while committing a violent crime.

Duffie Stone, the 14th Circuit Solicitor, said in a press release: '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'.

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