An Estill police officer is expected to recover despite being shot twice by a robbery suspect on New Year’s Day.
Investigators say Officer Quincy Smith was responding to reports of a man attempting to rob customers at a convenience store Friday morning. Estill Police Chief Keith Parks told reporters that Officer Smith tracked down the suspect nearby.
“Had a witness that gave my officer a lead and (Orr) was able to be tracked to a wooded area,” Parks said. “Upon my officer making contact with that subject, the officer gave loud, verbal commands to stop and show his hands. The suspect refused to show his hands. My officer drew his Taser and, in the process… gave one more verbal command. And the subject came from his jacket pocket with a firearm and he did end up shooting my officer twice.”
Parks said Smith was in stable condition.
Local media outlets report 27-year-old Malcolm Orr was arrested later in the afternoon in another section of town. Orr has two pending 2013 charges of grand larceny and possession of prison contraband.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting, since it involves a police officer. The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office and Yemassee Police Department also responded to the scene.
Estill is a small town of about 2,000 people close to the Savannah River in Hampton County. It is located about 50 miles north of Savannah and 90 miles west of Charleston.