But without breaking stride, the gunman, Malcolm Orr, pulls a gun and shoots him.
On January 1, 2016, police officer Quincy Smith responded to a call about an individual harassing patrons in a convenience store.
Orr, who had his other hand in his right pocket, turns and looks at the officer but continues walking and talking on the phone.
However, Orr took out the weapon, a 9mm handgun, and fired at Smith.
The video was released yesterday and helped convict Ore of attempted murder. He was sentenced to 35 years.
Body camera footage released by the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office in SC shows just how quickly things can take a turn for a police officer in the line of fire. In the moments after the gunfire, the officer could be heard telling emergency dispatchers: "Tell my family I love them".
Smith is on medical leave and he is still recovering from injuries to his neck, torso and arm.
The jury at Hampton County Court spent just 45 minutes deliberating before finding Orr guilty on all charges.
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After being shot, Smith crawled back to his patrol auto and called for help, asking the dispatcher to "Tell my family that I love them".
The solicitor's office says at least two of the eight rounds were fired while Smith was lying on the ground and another two were fired as Smith ran for cover, back to his parked patrol auto.
According to Estill Police, Smith attempted to make contact with Orr, who matched the description of a suspicious person given by dispatchers.
The Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office shared the entire video taken on Officer Smith's glasses. Some of the shots came as he was already wounded on the ground.
Injured, the officer scrambles back to his cruiser to call for help.
And as Mr Tompkins assures him that he will stay by his side, Smith adds: 'I can barely breathe. Smith said he prays for Orr and his family.
"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", 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said. Smith noticed the man had his hands in his pockets and drew his taser.