Photographer Robert Moore was documenting the protests in Dallas on July 7, 2016, when shots rang out. During the shooting that took the lives of 5 officers, Moore was shielded by a young police officer as they took refuge behind a car. Thanks to Moore’s photos and account of what happened, that officer is now being hailed as a hero.
In the 5-minute video by the Dallas Morning News, Moore tells the story of what happened that day.
After being ordered to take cover, Moore found himself being shielded by 25-year-old Dallas police officer James Dylan Smith. The two spent about two hours huddled next to the car as Smith kept watch with a shotgun in hand.
Moore shot a set of powerful photos of the moment, later sharing them through his Facebook page.
“I spent two hours last night crouching behind a car at Lamar and Main, trying to ‘get small! get small!’ Much of it with this guy,” writes Moore in the caption. “I don’t know his name but I won’t forget him.”
“That photo is not technically perfect. But emotionally, it’s there,” Moore tells the Dallas Morning News.