Quincy Smith believed he was going to die on New Year’s Day 2016.
The 28-year-old, a police officer in small-town Estill, S.C., was called upon that morning to investigate a suspicious man wearing a camouflage hunting outfit attempting to snatch groceries from a convenience store.
Smith attempted to confront the reported robber who remained silent as he casually walked, holding a cellphone to his ear. His right hand remained concealed in his jacket as Smith threatened to tase him if he didn’t stop.
In a single sweeping motion, the man unveiled a 9mm pistol and fired away. One of the bullets pierced Smith’s neck and he tumbled to the ground. His left arm was also broken. Smith ran back to his cruiser and pleaded for help.
Bystander J. Tompkins spotted Smith struggling to breathe and tried to keep him calm while providing dispatch more details about the officer’s condition.
The shocking encounter is one of many chronicled in Investigation Discovery’s (ID) docuseries “Body Cam,” which takes a closer look at the daily lives of police officers throughout the country. Through actual body camera footage, the show aims to shed light on the dangerous situations and encounters those in law enforcement are faced with while attempting to protect the public.
The network hails the series as “the ultimate ride-along” for audiences who are curious about the real-life dangers of police work.
Smith recorded the horrifying shooting with his glasses, which were equipped with a camera. Audiences can hear Smith pleading for help as he bled profusely before telling a dispatcher, “Tell my family I love them.”
Officer recalls near-fatal shooting captured by body cam in doc: ‘I did think I was going to die’