Newly Released Video Shows Officer Being Shot While Pursuing Suspect

By Holly Kellum

Newly released video shows a South Carolina police officer being shot multiple times on New Year’s Day in 2016 while trying to stop a suspect.

The officer, Quincy Smith, was responding to a report of a suspicious person at a party shop in Hampton.

A clerk told Smith that a man wearing camouflage and a red bandana had tried to snatch groceries from customers.

Smith spotted a man who fit that description walking away from the store and pursued him.

He got out of his car and approached the man, asking him to stop and to take his hand out of his pocket.

Warning: disturbing content.

The man, Malcolm Antwan Orr, was on his cell phone at the time, and kept one hand in the pocket of his hoodie, ignoring the officer’s requests.

When the officer got within a few feet of Orr and threatened to use a taser to subdue him, Orr pulled a gun out of his pocket and started firing at Smith.

Smith fell to the ground as several more shots rang out, but managed to get up and run to his car to radio for backup. Eight shots were fired in total, three of them hitting Smith.

In the recording of the radio dispatch, Smith can be heard saying, “Tell my family I love them.”

Smith suffered two broken arm bones and a life threatening neck injury from the incident, according to South Carolina 14th District Solicitor’s Office in a press release.

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 taken out of his back, the solicitor’s office said.

“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,” said 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, who prosecuted the case.

Orr was convicted of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime and sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 9 to 35 years in prison, the maximum sentence for both crimes.

The Estill Police Department where Smith worked did not have body cameras. Smith had purchased a pair of glasses with video recording capability on the internet that caught the encounter on camera.

In his testimony during the trial, Smith called the glasses the best $30 he had ever spent.



Bodybuilder Snaps Neck and Dies During Missed Backflip Attempt

By Colin Fredericson

A bodybuilder died on Aug. 5 after attempting a backflip at a competition in South Africa.

Twenty-three-year-old Sifiso Lungelo Thabethe landed on his head, breaking his neck, as he attempted the stunt in front of judges and the audience at a contest.

Coming out in tight black briefs and socks to match, Thabethe attempted to pump up the crowd with a lively entrance. He ran forward and sprung up into what appears to be a backward somersault, which he often used as a signature move, reported News 24. The flip, however, was off target, making it fatal.

People at the competition tried to help him up, but he didn’t move.

“He was rushed to hospital where he died on arrival,” said police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele via News 24.

International Federation of Bodybuilding South Africa’s National Executive President Wayne Price told News 24 that it may have been due to his socks.

“We suspect, because he was wearing socks this time, that he slipped or didn’t get enough momentum and landed horribly on his head,” he said.

A graphic video of the incident is circulating on internet channels. Thabethe’s family prefers it not be shared. Price also thinks it is not appropriate. “We’re aware of a video of the incident circulating on social media, as is Sifiso’s family, and they’re understandably very upset about that,” said Price, via News 24.

Thabethe was an International Federation of Bodybuilding junior world champion in the up to 75 kilogram (165 pound) category. Muscle Evolution magazine honored his passing.

“Described by many as a young man with a bright future Sifiso’s passing is a huge loss to the sport,” states the magazine. Muscle Evolution said that at Thabethe’s last competition before the accident “he impressed the crowd and the judges with unbelievable muscle size and maturity beyond his age.”

Thabethe’s social media accounts are full of photos of his bodybuilding accomplishments. He depicts his journey through the sport of bodybuilding. He has many photos showing off his impressive form, as well as those of his well-built friends.

Renzo Gracie, of the famous Brazilian martial arts family that birthed the mixed martial arts movement, tweeted out the video of the deadly incident via his Twitter account accompanied with the caption.

“A little reminder… Your Brain has no muscles to protect it.. Keep your head safe all the time. Avoid getting hit on your thinking machine.” He tweeted out the message in both English and in his native Portuguese.


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