Video: NC cop shot 6 times in deadly gun battle
The officer, who survived, returned fire and killed the suspect
By Hannah DelaCourt
LELAND, N.C. — Dashcam footage from the night a Leland Police Department officer was shot multiple times showed the brief moments between the officer encountering a suspected drunken driver and the driver emerging from his car and firing upon the officer.
On the night of Dec. 9, Officer Jacob Schwenk responded to 911 calls about a car driving erratically in the Windsor Park neighborhood in Leland.
The graphic dashcam footage, recently released by the Leland Police Department, shows Schwenk pull over a white car just before 9 p.m. at the end of Bridgeport Way.
The driver of the white car, now identified as Brent Matthew Quinn, 42, pulled his car around a cul-de-sac to face Schwenk’s police vehicle.
Schwenk can be heard on the video telling Quinn multiple times to shut his vehicle off.
“Go ahead and step out of the vehicle,” Schwenk said. “Put the beer down.”
Schwenk again tells the driver to get out the vehicle, with the officer visible for the first time, as he approaches the car.
He then yelled to the driver, “Keep your hands where I can see them.”
Seconds later the driver’s side door opens and Quinn can be seen exiting the car and firing upon the officer.
Schwenk falls to the ground off screen, but can be seen returning fire.
He radios in, “Shots fired. I’ve been hit. Suspect down,” and can be heard screaming out of view of the dash camera before a second officer arrives on the scene about a minute later.
Investigators found that Quinn fired six shots at the officer, one hitting Schwenk’s bullet-proof vest, and the five others striking the officer in the legs.
Schwenk's returning fire struck Quinn six times — twice in the head — killing him.
Schwenk underwent emergency surgery that night.
According to a story by WWAY, Lt. Jeremy Humphries, a spokesman for the Leland Police Department, said Schwenk is still working with his physicians, but the department hopes to have him back in the next couple of months.
An autopsy later found that Quinn’s blood-alcohol content was 0.26 percent at the time of the shooting, more than three times the legal limit for driving.
In January, Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David announced the officer’s actions were justified in the fatal shooting, and the case was closed.
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