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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP)— A Winston-Salem man was sentenced Tuesday to at least 26 years in prison for the attempted murder of a Guilford County sheriff's deputy in 2009.
Daniel Roy Smith, 57, was sentenced to 26 to 32 years in prison after taking part in a shootout with Corporal Wes Mecham on August 29, 2009.
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Bank Robbery Mecham stopped Smith near the intersection of Wiley Lewis Road and Pleasant Garden Road around 4 a.m. Smith had just escaped from federal custody at a halfway house, where he was serving time for charges related to a bank robbery.
Dashcam video released Wednesday shows Smith pulling out a gun seconds after Meacham asked Smith if he had just left a halfway house.
"When I saw the gun, my first reaction was to back up and try and get my gun. That didn't work so well. I tripped and fell backwards in the middle of the road," Mecham said.
Smith then fired two shots at Mecham from point-blank range and missed. Mecham returned fire, hitting Smith five times. Smith then fired three more shots at Mecham, but Mecham was not injured.
"He may have been a bad shot, but I'd like to definitely say that God helped me out in that," Mecham said.
At one point Meacham threatened to kill Smith if he didn't put his gun down. Backup arrived a couple of minutes later and arrested Smith.
After the shooting incident, Smith was sentenced to remain in federal custody on the bank robbery charges until he is 85. After his release from federal custody, Smith will then begin serving the time from Tuesday's attempted murder sentencing.
Sheriff BJ Barnes said he had to wait to release the video until after Smith was sentenced. Barnes said he released the video to show what deputies do in the field on a daily basis.
In: Regional News
Tags: Attempted Murder, Shooting, Officer, Office Involved
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States (load item map)
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