Graphic warning: US cop shot multiple times at point blank range, survives terrifying ordeal

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A US police officer is lucky to be alive after he was fired upon by a suspect at point blank range, during a confrontation in January 2016.

Shocking bodycam footage of the incident was released in court this week during the trial of Malcolm Orr, 29, the man responsible for shooting the officer.

The footage shows Officer Quincy Smith, of South Carolina's Estill Police Department, approaching Mr Orr while responding to a suspicious persons call on New Years Day 2016, the New York Post reports.

When Mr Orr doesn't respond to repeated calls to stop and take his hands out of his pockets, the officer pulls out a taser threatening to use it if he does not comply. 

That is the moment Mr Orr draws a 9mm handgun from his pocket opening fire on Officer Smith at point blank range, hitting him three times.

The officer then turns and flees back to the safety of his police car. "Shots fired!" he screams repeatedly, while running back to his vehicle.

Amazingly Officer Smith survived, suffering two broken bones in his arm and a potentially life-threatening neck injury.

Mr Orr was sentenced to 35 years over the shooting yesterday following a two-day trial.

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