Being a police officer is an extremely dangerous job. This is because, at any moment, an interaction that they’re having with someone could quickly and easily turn violent, or worse, deadly. One officer learned this first hand when he was attempting to apprehend a suspect before he was shot. As the officer struggled back to his police car, he made a request to dispatch. “Tell my family I love them.”
Quincy Smith, a police officer in Estill, South Carolina, was the one that experienced this ordeal. Last year, he approached Malcolm Antwan Orr, a 29-year-old man, after getting a call accusing him of trying to steal from people at a local store. Orr, however, refused to stop or obey any of the officer’s commands. When the officer threatened to tase him, he pulled out a gun that he had concealed and opened fire on the officer, striking him several times. Injured, the officer ran for cover and called dispatchers for help. Worried that he may be dying, he told them to also let his family know he loved them.
The whole incident was filmed by a camera mounted to the officer’s glasses, which he bought with his own money on Amazon for $30. Earlier this week, the video was finally released to the public.
At the start of the video, Officer Smith is seen pulling up to a small liquor store for a call about an attempted robbery, getting out, and walking inside. Upon entering, the video shows him greeting a woman standing at the counter. Without hesitation, she pointed outside and told him, “he [sic] under that tree over there,” referring to Orr.
Before heading over, he asked the unidentified woman, “and what is he doing again?”
She replied, “he is trying to snatch that man’s bottle of liquor but the man jumped in the car and was trying to fight him back.” She added, “he got on a red bandana [sic].”
Smith then looks outside, tells her that he sees Orr, who’s wearing a camouflage hunting jacket, and starts heading towards him. Once the officer is close, he called out to the suspect, saying, “come here, man.” Orr turned his head to look at him but kept walking away. “Come here for a second,” repeated the officer. Still, the suspect ignored him. “Come here!” he reiterated, this time much louder.
“If you don’t — You better stop! Or I will… Come here. Come here! Stop! Stop! Stop!” exclaimed the officer as he continued to follow the defiant suspect.
“Take your hands out of your pockets. Take your hands out of your pockets,” ordered Smith as he aimed his Taser at the suspect. “If you don’t stop I’m going to Tase you,” he warned, noting, “I’m not playing with you.”
Despite the officer’s repeated demands, the suspect refused to listen. Instead, he just kept walking with one of his hands in his hand in his pocket. “Take your hands out of your pocket. Take your hands out of your pocket! Take your hands out of your pocket!” shouted the concerned officer.
At that moment, Orr turned to the officer and, with incredible speed, pulled out a handgun and started shooting at him. Thinking quickly, Smith yelled “shots fired” and ran for cover, but not before being hit multiple times.
In total, Orr fired eight rounds at the officer. Four of the shots were fired at point blank range. Another two were fired while he was lying on the ground. The last two were fired as he ran for cover.
Out of the eight bullets that were fired, four of them hit Smith. One of the bullets hit him in the chest. Two others broke both of his arms. The fourth bullet struck him in the neck and completely severed one of his veins.
As Orr ran away, Smith called out for help on his radio. “Dispatch I’m hit! Dispatch Echo Seven I am hit!” I’m Hit! I’m on Tyson!” shouted the terrified officer. After a moment of silence, he composed himself and made another call. “Dispatch…help. Dispatch Echo Seven I am hit. I am hit. I am hit in my neck some place. My arms are broken. Help me please” he repeated more calmly. Thinking that he may die, he added, “tell my family that I love them.” Dispatchers responded by letting him know that help was on the way.
Warning: Video contains graphic content
Thankfully, Smith survived the shooting. On top of that, investigators managed to track down Orr and arrest him. In court, he was found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Unsurprisingly, it only took the jury 45 minutes to come to their decision.
Violence against police officers must not be tolerated. Those who do so should be punished as severely as possible. Smith should consider himself lucky for only getting 35 years.