Footage captured by a camera in a US police officer’s glasses shows the moment he was shot four times by a gunman in his neck, left arm and upper torso.
Estill officer Quincy Smith – who purchased the camera glasses himself – was responding to a call on New Year’s Day 2016 about someone trying to snatch groceries from customers.
Mr Smith spotted Malcolm Orr walking from the store and ordered him to stop and take his hands out of his pockets several times, but the 29-year-old instead fired at him eight times while on his mobile phone.
“Shots fired,” the officer is heard screaming, as he falls to the ground.
He manages to run back to his patrol car and radio for help. The footage shows his bloodied hands as he shouts: “Dispatch, I’m hit!… I’m hit in my neck some place.”
Mr Smith’s terrified reflection can be seen in his car window as he continues to describe his wounds: “My arms are broken. Help me please… I’m hurt pretty bad. My left arm is broken. I’ve been shot in the neck,” he says.
A passer-by comes to his aid and attempts to assure him: “I’ve seen you after that boy. Seen you after him. I am going to stay here with you.”
“Thank you, sir. Dispatch, please tell my family I love them,” the officer responds, hope fading in his voice, slumped on the ground.
“I can barely breathe. Tell them to hurry up,” he adds, his camera lens showing his blood-stained car door.
“Stay with me,” the bystander pleads. “Just concentrate on breathing. Hang in there.”
As he is tended to by paramedics at the scene, Mr Smith urges them to “secure my glasses, my body camera is on it”.
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.
The footage helped convict Orr, who was found guilty of attempted murder and possessing a weapon in a violent crime on Wednesday and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
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