The heart-stopping video that helped put an attempted cop killer behind bars has been released, as the man's conviction was handed down in a South Carolina court.
A jury found Malcolm Orr, 29, guilty of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, following a two-day trial.
Orr was sentenced to the maximum amount of time: 30 years for the attempted murder of Estill Police Officer Quincy Smith, which was all caught on video by a camera in Smith’s glasses that the officer purchased for himself on Amazon.
The shocking incident went down in January 2016, when Smith responded to a call about a man who tried snatching groceries from customers at a grocery store.
At about 11 a.m. that day, Smith spotted a man matching the suspect's description walking away from the store. Smith drove his patrol car toward the man, later identified as Orr, parked and ordered him to stop.
Orr, who was talking on a cell phone, refused.
After Smith told the suspect he would "be Tasered," Orr suddenly pulled out a 9mm handgun and began firing, never taking the phone away from his ear.
Smith was fired upon, "not once, not twice, not three times, or four, or five, or six, or seven, but eight times," 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, who prosecuted the case, said in closing arguments.
Smith was struck at four times, suffering two broken arm bones and a “life-threatening” neck injury. At least two of the eight rounds were fired while Smith was lying on the ground and another two were fired as Smith ran for cover, back to his parked patrol car.
"Tell my family that I love them," Smith's voice can be heard telling the emergency dispatcher in the recording as he lay outside his patrol car.
Dr. James Dunne, the emergency room physician who treated Smith at Memorial Health Medical Center in Savannah, testified that a bullet completely severed a vein in the right side of Smith’s neck. A bullet also passed through Smith’s upper torso and was extracted from his back.
"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," Stone said.
The jury deliberated for less than 45 minutes before coming back with a guilty verdict.
Circuit Court Judge Roger Young handed down a 35-year sentence on Wednesday that included an additional five years to be served for a weapons violation.