VIDEO: Dashcam Shows Gunfight Where Trooper Gets Shot Through Windshield

South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Wise returned fire after being struck in his ballistic vest.

Rock Hill, SC – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released dramatic dashcam footage that captured the moment a trooper was shot by an armed felon during a gun battle in June (video below).

The incident began at approximately 7:45 p.m. on June 2, when South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) Trooper Paul Wise attempted to stop the driver of a 2009 BMW for a seat belt violation, The Herald reported.

The driver, later identified as 27-year-old Willie Bernard Wright, was on community supervision after having been released from prison in August of 2018 following convictions for attempted murder and attempted armed robbery.

Wright refused to pull over for Trooper Wise, resulting in a pursuit that continued onto Mount Gallant Road and India Hook Road.

The convicted felon ultimately crashed into a closed gate at Camp Canaan Campground, then jumped out of the BMW and opened fire on the pursuing trooper, WACH reported.

Bullets shattered Trooper Wise’s windshield, and he immediately returned fire as Wright ran past him, dashcam footage showed.

One of the rounds that pierced the trooper’s windshield also struck him in the torso, The Herald reported.

The trooper’s ballistic vest stopped the bullet, and Trooper Wise continued to return fire, hitting Wright.

The convicted felon was transported to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, WACH reported.

He has been charged with attempted murder, failure to stop for a blue light, possession of weapon during a violent crime, and possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a crime of violence, according to The Herald.

Wright will be extradited back to South Carolina once he is discharged from the hospital.

Trooper Wise immediately called his wife at the conclusion of the shootout to let her know what had occurred.

“Don’t freak out…I’m okay…but I’ve just been shot,” he told her, according to WACH.

Trooper Wise, a three-year veteran-of-the-force, was transported to a hospital for treatment and has since been released, The Herald reported.

DPS Director Leroy Smith said that the trooper’s ballistic vest undoubtedly saved his life.

“Law enforcement is a calling, and this is why we refer to these brave men and women—like Trooper Wise—as heroes,” Director Smith told WACH. “Our law enforcement works day and night to ensure the safety and security of us all.”

“This is a stark reminder that these officers put their lives on the line to ensure public safety every day and every night,” Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett told The Herald. “We are very relieved that Trooper Wise was not more seriously injured. It could have been much worse. We are grateful for body armor in this incident.”

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

Trooper Wise will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as per department protocol, WACH reported.

You can watch dashcam footage of Trooper Wise’s encounter with Wright in the video below:

Comments (21)
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LitheSteel
LitheSteel

The usual suspect.

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

Terrible shame the perp is being treated on taxpayer dime and likely to survive.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Relieved that Trooper Wise survived - I am so grateful to the inventors of the ballistic vests!

JBo
JBo

On parole for attempt murder...now on the way back for attempt murder. Slow learner. From a seatbelt ticket to getting shot.

JBo
JBo

Just FYI...this occurred June 2.

bluerudithor
bluerudithor

Doesn't want to put his hands up?.............just shoot the sob! The only one who will miss him, is his momma, who should've taught him better.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Why was he out of jail in the first place? Oh, that's right, he's been reformed, found Jesus and reads the bible, he got his GED while in jail and promised that if released he would never, ever do it again. Yeah, that's the ticket.

auldiedog
auldiedog

Almost Always black-skinned when it comes to threatening police officers doing their jobs. So seldom do we ever see an Asian, Hispanic, or White person act so disrespectful, threaten, resist, create an unsafe environment, and cause an officer to have to shoot them to protect the public.

Officers do NOT want to shoot you. They have to deal with and live with the stress and nightmares and PTSD of maiming and killing a human being. Our police officers all across our great country are committing suicide in droves these past years since the CRIMINAL-IN-CHIEF - the Obama regime - opened the floodgates of disrespect and assault on our first responders!

It is time for all of us law-abiding, police-loving and respecting, God-fearing UNITED STATES AMERICANS need to stand up and take action to support our law enforcement and first responders.

First off, when you see them in uniform in in public, THANK THEM for putting their lives on the line to protect your freedom.

Second, when you see them in a restaurant - police, border patrol, military, fire, EMT, etc, and you can afford it, pay for their meal, or send them dessert.

Third, when you hear about a first responder being charged with proven lies of excessive force or other arbitrary BS, please attend the hearings, city council meetings, and other formats, and show them your support!!!!!

It won’t be long before ‘911,’ ‘CBP,’ ‘first responder,’ and ‘police’ will have no meaning because no one will apply!!! Don’t wait for that to happen!

LucyWithAGun
LucyWithAGun

Hey that's my channel, wasn't expecting bluelivesmatter picking up on my post! Thank you for spreading the word. I aim to upload obscure police videos which were not reported or training videos which are normally not accessed to the general public. Once again thank you. :)

pixiepup
pixiepup

Thankful this Trooper was not hurt due to his vest. So back to prison the criminal will go but the sad part is will they let him out again to do this??

magnumforc
magnumforc

Sad the perp survived...would have been better for the world had he perished...his use by date had long expired...

OldVet
OldVet

Usual story, entitled scum shoot officer, gets shot in return. But he is such a good boy.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

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Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Black again what a shock

Ace17
Ace17

Great article Holly! Too bad the POS Felon was not mortally wounded!

Cops kid
Cops kid

Now after he's convicted... NEVER let him out !!!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Can you believe this mofo's attorney is claiming he's innocent?!?!? Really?? Did you not see the video idiot?? Not to mention this piece of s**t is already a felon on parole for attempted murder!!! At least he won't be getting out, his bail is set at $5 million!! Smmfh!!