Video captures a near-death shooting of a police officer

Kristopher Drake
August 12, 2017

Orr was found guilty of attempted murder on Wednesday for the shooting of a SC police officer that took place on New Year's Day 2016.

Gunman Malcolm Orr, 29, was found guilty of attempted murder and possession a weapon in a violent crime on Tuesday. He was given the maximum possible sentence under the law of 35 years in prison.

Smith responded around 11 a call of a suspicious man who was said to be stealing items from a nearby grocery store. Orr, who is on the phone, appears to Smith's commands and continues to walk away.

Footage filmed on a $30 (£23) camera for his glasses, which Smith personally bought himself, shows the officer repeatedly asking Orr to stop walking away and take his hands out of his pockets. Smith tried to threaten the man with his stun gun. In the recording, Smith's voice can be heard telling a police dispatcher: "Tell my family that I love them".

The officer's mom, also a police officer, has established a GoFundMe page for her son as he recovers from his injuries. At least two of the rounds were fired as he lay on the ground, officials said.

Once back inside his patrol vehicle Smith begged for backup, blood-covered hands fumbling with the radio controls as he tried to alert his dispatcher.

He approaches a man dressed head to toe in army fatigues and demands that he stop and take his hands out of his pocket.

Dr. James Dunne, an emergency room physician, testified that a bullet completely severed a vein in Smith's neck. "I'm not playing with you!"

At that point, the video shows Orr quickly drawing a 9mm handgun and firing multiple times - even as he kept the cellphone to his ear with his other hand.

Dispatch informs all available units to respond to the area, as Smith tells them he's been hit in the neck. A passer-by then comes to stay with him until the emergency services arrive, before Smith adds: "I am hit".

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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