Officer's bodycam video records his own shooting, helps convict suspect

Credit 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office

Credit 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office

Orr, 29, has been jailed for 35 years after being found guilty of attempted murder and possessing a weapon in a violent crime. Orr received maximum sentences.

Officer Quincy Smith was called to investigate a suspicious man trying to snatch groceries from a convenience store in the small town of about 2,000 people.

According to authorities, Smith spotted a man matching that description walking away from the store along Railroad Avenue.

The video - which was captured with a camera that Smith bought himself and placed on his eyeglasses - shows him exiting his squad vehicle and politely asking Orr, who is on his cell phone, to stop.

The footage begins with Smith pursuing the suspect on foot, first ordering him to stop and then threatening to taser him.

The South Carolina officer survived, and months later, while giving evidence against Orr - the man who tried to kill him - Mr Smith described the camera glasses as the best $30 (£23) he had ever spent.

Quincy Smith is fired on several times as he tries to apprehend a suspected thief in Estill, South Carolina.

Orr looks back, and in one crackling motion, flashes a 9 millimeter pistol and fires multiple shots, one on top of the other, sending Smith tumbling to the ground. He will be forced to serve a 35-year term in prison.

The police officer could be heard telling Orr five separate times to take his hands out from his pockets.

The footage shows Smith's bloodied hands while he calls for back-up and informs dispatches that he has been hit.

14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, who prosecuted the case, said: "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".

Dr. James Dunne, an emergency room physician, testified that a bullet completely severed a vein in Smith's neck. Smith is seen falling to the ground and screaming, "Shots fired!" "I am hit in my neck some place".

A jury deliberated for less than 45 minutes before delivering the guilty verdict, the news release said.

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