ESTILL, SC (WTOC) - We’re getting a closer look at a 2016 shooting in Hampton County that left an officer severely injured. Quincy Smith is still recovering after being shot multiple times.
(Graphic Video shows the moment Officer Smith was shot. Video may be disturbing to some.)
WTOC sat down with the officer Friday afternoon and with the person he says is responsible for saving his life.
Quincy Smith says he was born with blue blood in his veins. His mother, a former NYPD officer, first introduced him to the field. His love for the community helped him make a commitment to the badge.
With only five months on the streets of Estill, Smith would initiate a traffic stop that would change his life forever.
"The first shot hit me in the neck and it felt like something flicked me in the neck," said Officer Quincy Smith. "I saw his hand movement, I didn’t see a gun. I heard the sound and I felt the pressure on my neck. It was enough force to knock me on my back."
Quincy Smith recaps that rainy day in January when a routine call from dispatch made a quick turn for the worse.
“I thought I was going to die right there. I told dispatch to tell my family I love them because I didn’t think I was going to make it. But miraculously a bystander, Jon Tompkins, he was my angel," said Smith.
Tompkins, heard in the video, asks Smith how he can help. Tompkins was the first person to come to the officer’s rescue.
“I wanted to be somebody’s witness," said Tompkins. "I went back there to be a witness. I didn’t know, and with all the negative publicity, I didn’t know what was happening but I felt someone needed to see. I could see that he had his radio in his hand but at that time he slumped over and fell out the vehicle.”
The whole situation was caught on camera. A purchase Smith made when he first started the job. A purchase that would help keep his attacker behind bars.
“I went on Amazon and I looked up body cameras I saw them for $200-$300. I kept doing a deeper search and here some glasses that happen to pop up and I thought, 'hmmm interesting these look neat,' and they were only 30 bucks so I was like you know what I’m going to try these out,” said Smith.
The video of the entire incident captivated jurors during two day trial, and eventually helped convict Smith's attacker. The jury only deliberated for 45 minutes before coming back with a guilty verdict.
And those very glasses helped convict the shooter, Malcolm Orr, here at the Hampton County Courthouse. Where he was sentenced to 35 years for the shooting and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Orr fired 8 shots in total at Officer Smith. Three of which hit him, one in the neck, one in the arm, and the other in his magazine pouch.
But video captured more than just the shooting. The video shows how oTompkins came to Smith's aid. Smith says this bystander who stayed with him helped save his life.
"I just wanted him to feel like he was going to be okay because sometimes that's what people need when they're in that position. They just need to feel like they're going to be okay. He looked rough. I didn't know if he was going to be okay," said Tompkins.
"That gentleman is the most outstanding person I have ever met and, like I said, if there is anything I can do to repay him I will do my best to do it," said Smith.
Smith says he is waiting to be cleared by one more doctor before he can try and return to work. He's been on medical leave since that incident. He says the wound in his neck caused permanent damage to one of his veins.
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