Crime Recovering South Carolina police officer reflects on shooter’s conviction

16:37  13 august  2017
16:37  13 august  2017 Source:   MSN

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Almost two years after an Estill police officer was shot on duty, a Hampton County man has been convicted of the crime. Officer Smith continues to recover . “I had nightmares sometimes about the incident.

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“If you don’t stop sir, I’m going to tase you,” Smith says in the video, “Take your hands out your pocket, take your hands out your pocket.”

The man then shot Smith in the arm, neck and torso.

“Dispatch please tell my family I love them,” Smith said on tape.

This week, 29-year-old Malcolm Orr was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Officer Smith continues to recover.

“I had nightmares sometimes about the incident. I’m still trying to heal up injuries to my arm,” Smith said.

He told WJCL News he forgives Orr and prays for him and his family.

“Both our families are the ones really suffering the most. Violence and guns aren’t the answer, that’s why I became a police officer,” Smith said.

He wants to continue working for Estill Police and he reflects on the decisions he made that day.

“I didn’t draw my firearm because at the time I didn’t think it was warranted. He was just walking away. But unfortunately I made a mistake and I drew my taser and he got the upper hand on me,” Smith said.

Almost two years later, Smith’s arm and neck have healed and he’s almost done with physical therapy.

“I take it day by day with the support of friends and family and everybody else,” Smith said.

He’s still on medical leave, but he hopes to return to work by the beginning of 2018.

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