Despite the hate police officers get by the media, there are many that put their lives on the line.
They work night and day to protect Americans from criminals.
One particular police officer faced serious danger while confronting a criminal. The amazing encounter was caught with his body cam.
From Daily Wire:
On January 1, 2016, Police Officer Quincy Smith “responded to a suspicious persons call at the Charles Party Shop” in Estill, South Carolina, reports the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Smith was wearing glasses embedded with a camera; the footage was released Thursday.
When a woman at the shop tells Smith that “a man wearing camouflage and a red bandana tried snatching groceries from customers,” the officer leaves the store, gets in his vehicle, and pulls up behind a man matching the clerk’s description a few hundred yards away from the alleged incident…
When Smith issues a final demand for Orr to take his hand out of his pocket, he does so, revealing a gun. Orr fires eight shots at Smith in quick succession.
“Shots fired!” Smith can be heard yelling as he hits the ground and begins to run to his patrol car. Orr continues to fire even as the officer bolts for cover. Smith sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the arm, torso, and neck…
Upon reaching his car, Smith radios for help. “Dispatch, I’m hit! Dispatch, Echo 7, I’m hit!” With a labored breath in-between words, Smith utters: “Dispatch … help.” Several seconds later, blood visible on the interior of the police car, as well as on his right hand, Officer Smith reports that his “arms are broken,” adding: “Help me, please.”
In a heartbreaking moment, Smith tells the operator on the other end of the radio: “Dispatch, please tell my family I love them…”
Soon, sirens can be heard, an ambulance arrives, and Officer Quincy Smith is taken to the hospital.
The video footage is harrowing and amazing. A simple confrontation with a shoplifter quickly becomes deadly, as the criminal draws a gun and fires.
Thankfully the officer pulls through, in part to bystanders who appear and offer help. Also in part to quick work of the officer to call for help and dispatch who responds in kind.
Because he was wearing a body cam, law enforcement were able to clearly identify the shooter. Malcolm Antwan Orr was sentenced to 35 years in prison for attempted murder and “possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.”
It’s a reminder of the kind of sudden danger police face when daily working to protect citizens. Even a simple confrontation can become deadly. But police like Officer Smith put themselves in harm’s way proudly, because it is their duty to serve.
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