Newly-released body camera footage shows a South Carolina officer being shot at point blank range by a local miscreant.

In a "Fox & Friends" interview about the harrowing experience, Officer Quincy Smith said he did not think he would "make it out of the road" that day.

Smith approached the suspect and tried to talk to him but the man pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot the officer in the neck, arm, and hip.

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The shooter was convicted of attempted murder after a jury watched the shocking video from Smith's camera glasses that he purchased for his own protection. The case led to his police department's decision to require bodycams for all officers.

A construction worker who witnessed the shooting and stayed with Smith when he was wounded "comforted me and gave me a little bit of hope," the officer said.

"I thought I was going to die right then, and I told dispatch to tell my family I love them, because I thought I wasn't going to make it," he remembered.

Smith is still on medical leave and in physical therapy, but is doing "a whole lot better."

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