Glasses cam shows moment SC police officer shot in neck

It was the maximum sentence for the charges.

Estill police officer Quincy Smith was shot four times on New Year's Day in 2016, an event captured on video by a camera in his glasses that he bought himself.

"Tell my family I love them", Smith begged over the radio while slumped over next to his patrol vehicle, suffering from gunshot wounds to his neck, arms, and torso.

Body camera footage released by the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office in SC shows just how quickly things can take a turn for a police officer in the line of fire.

According to authorities, Smith spotted a man matching that description walking away from the store along Railroad Avenue. He had previously purchased the glasses with his own money.

After giving several commands for Orr to stop and take his hand out of the camouflage jacket he was wearing, Smith took out his Taser and threatened to use it on Orr. Smith noticed the man had his hands in his pockets and drew his taser. "Come here, man. Come here for a second", he is heard calling out the man in the video. After Smith ordered Orr to stop, Orr fired eight shots. A passer-by then comes to stay with him until the emergency services arrive, before Smith adds: "I am hit".

Bullets broke two bones in Smith's arm, severed a vein in his neck, and passed through his upper torso.

"Shots fired!" Smith yells into his handheld radio, the high-definition image spinning as if the glasses were flung from the roof of a building.

Video recorded from a SC police officer's glasses camera and released to the public on Thursday shows the moment the officer was shot four times. "I've called 911, I've called 911, is there anything I can do for you?"

He was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his crime, and Smith's, testimony along with the body cam footage, is what put him away.

"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", 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said.

  • Eleanor Harrison