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Body armor saves lives. When law enforcement and corrections officers are confronted with gunfire or stab assaults on the job, they are more likely to survive when wearing properly fitting body armor. Here is a collection of survival stories reported in the news media.

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March 7, 2021: - One NYPD officer was shot in his ballistic-resistant vest, and another was shot and grazed in the leg during a standoff with a Brooklyn man after he shot his roommate at their apartment late Sunday.
At approximately 9 pm, NYPD officers responded to a 911 call made by the suspect’s roommate after he was shot in both legs by the suspect and hid in a closet in the apartment. As officers arrived at the apartment, one was hit in his bulletproof vest and another officer grazed in the leg as the suspect fired through the door. The officers returned fire, and the alleged shooter barricaded himself inside, according to the sources. After a brief standoff, the 44-year-old suspect was taken into custody. According to police sources, he was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful imprisonment.
Both officers went to Kings County Hospital and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, sources said. The roommate was also treated at a nearby hospital for his injuries. Read more about the incident here.

February 27, 2021: - A Sebeka, MN police officer escaped injury as a result of wearing ballistic-resistant body armor after being shot in the torso by an assailant on Saturday evening.
At 8:48 p.m., a Wadena County deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic offense near 205th Avenue and 280th Street in North Germany Township. The vehicle eventually stopped near 205th Avenue and 270th Street. The sheriff's office said a physical struggle ensued between the deputy and the driver. A second driver then arrived at the scene and right after, a Sebeka Police Department officer arrived, and the struggle continued.
According to a Wadena County Sheriff’s spokesperson, at least one of the two people involved began shooting at the officers. One of the officers returned fire. Both officers and both assailants were struck by gunfire. The injured deputy was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The deputy has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, according to an update from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
The Sebeka officer was struck in the vest and did not require medical treatment.
Read about the full story here.

January 25, 2021: - A Tuscaloosa, AL police officer is recovering from minor injuries after being shot in the chest by an armed assailant on Monday afternoon.
At approximately 3:45 p.m., Tuscaloosa officers responded to a report of an individual openly displaying a firearm at an apartment complex. Upon arrival, the officers approached the individual, who did not comply with instructions to drop the weapon and fled on foot to a nearby golf course. During the pursuit, the individual opened fire on both officers, striking one in the torso. The officer was wearing a ballistic-resistant vest and suffered only minor bruising to his ribs. The other officer suffered a minor injury not related to the exchange of gunfire. Both officers were treated and released from a local hospital.
The suspect was also shot during the exchange of gunfire and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken into custody, and likewise treated at a local hospital. He was charged with three counts of attempted murder and was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant in Mississippi for assault with a deadly weapon charges. Read about the full story here.

December 28, 2020: - A Charleston, SC police officer was treated and released from a local hospital after he was shot in the chest while investigating a reported domestic assault on early Tuesday morning.
Charleston Police were called to an apartment complex at 3:15 am on December 29 to investigate a reported domestic violence incident involving a firearm. Upon arrival, responding officers were shot at by the suspect, striking one of the officers in the chest. According to Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds, the officer was wearing a ballistic-resistant vest, which stopped the round. Also according to Chief Reynolds, in the ensuing exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police, the suspect was fatally shot. The injured officer was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. Read about the full story here.

December 24, 2020: - A NYPD officer is recovering in a local hospital after he was shot in the back while investigating a reported domestic assault on Thursday evening.
Just after 9 p.m. on December 24, NYPD officers were called to respond to a reported domestic violence incident in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The suspect had called his girlfriend and informed her that he was on his way to her apartment with a gun and was going to open fire when he got there. When he arrived, he opened fire on the responding officers, striking one in the back, then fled the scene on foot. After a foot pursuit and further exchange of gunfire, the suspect was apprehended by NYPD officers and taken into custody. The injured officer was taken to Kings County Hospital. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a news conference Thursday that the officer who was shot would be OK. "He is in a little pain, but he is in extremely good spirits," Shea said. Read about the full story here.

December 20, 2020: - A Douglas County, Nevada sheriff's deputy is recovering in a local hospital after he was shot several times during a traffic stop on Sunday night.
During a traffic stop shortly after 11 p.m. on December 20, a passenger in the vehicle was identified as a fugitive. When deputies attempted to arrest the passenger, he opened fire on the deputies, shooting one of them three times. The deputy was shot twice in the chest and once in the face near the cheek. Police say body armor stopped the shots to the chest. The deputy was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery and is recovering in stable condition.
In the ensuing crossfire between the suspect and deputies, the suspect was shot in the hand. He was taken into custody and received medical attention before he was taken to the Carson City Jail, where he was booked on multiple charges including battery with a deadly weapon on a protected person. The driver of the vehicle was also arrested and charged with harboring and aiding a felony offender. Read about the full story here.

December 8, 2020: - A Waterbury, Connecticut police officer is recovering after being shot in the chest during an incident that occurred while arresting an individual for suspicion of auto theft. Waterbury officers were taking a suspect in a stolen vehicle investigation into custody when they noticed two SUVs revving their engines and driving at a high speed towards the officers, police said. The SUVs, which later turned out to be stolen, crashed into several police cars. During the incident, officers fired at the approaching vehicles, and in the crossfire one of the officers was struck in the chest by a round fired by another officer. The officer was wearing a ballistic-resistant vest, which police stated likely saved his life. A total of six suspects were taken into custody and charges are pending completion of an investigation. The injured officer was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. Read about the full story here.

November 29, 2020: - An Albert Lea, Minnesota police officer was one of three people, including two civilians, who were shot by a 21-year-old suspect on Sunday. Officers responded to a reported call of possible gunshots or fireworks discharged at 2:18 a.m. Upon arrival in the parking lot of the apartment complex, they were ambushed by the shooter, who opened fire on the officers from a third-floor apartment. One of the responding officers was shot in the chest, but was wearing body armor, which stopped the round. Two civilian bystanders were also shot, and a squad car was struck by several rounds. The responding officers were able to retreat and seek cover until additional backup could arrive. After a resulting eight-hour standoff, the suspect was taken into custody. Charges are pending completion of an investigation into why the shooter opened fire. The injured officer and civilian bystanders were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated and released. Read about the full story here.

November 20, 2020: - A Massachusetts State Trooper is recovering after being shot during a traffic stop that occurred at approximately 11:30 pm in Hyannis. According to a statement from the Massachusetts State Police, the 28-year-old trooper was shot in the hand by occupants of a vehicle he had pulled over for a traffic violation. The bullet went completely through his hand and was stopped by his protective vest. A local photojournalist, who was first on the scene, immediately tried to provide first aid to the trooper. A fellow Trooper who arrived on the scene shortly thereafter rushed his injured colleague to Cape Cod Hospital. The injured trooper was then taken to Mass General Hospital in Boston by ambulance. The trooper’s injuries are described as non-life threatening.
The suspects immediately fled the scene in their vehicle. Their car was later recovered by police, but the suspects remain at large. Read about the full story here.

October 2, 2020: - A Willowick, Ohio, police officer is recovering at his home after being shot during a traffic stop, according to Willowick Police Chief Brian Turner. Police in a neighboring jurisdiction received a call about a driver who was driving erratic and may be intoxicated, Chief Turner said. The driver went into Willowick where he crashed into a car and flipped it. The driver of the flipped car is OK, according to police. Officers pulled the driver over about a mile from the intersection where the crash happened. Officers asked the driver to show his hands and the driver pulled out a gun and started shooting towards them, Turner said. During the exchange of gunfire, the officer was struck in the chest, but his bullet-resistant vest stopped the bullet, according to Chief Turner. The officer was treated at a local hospital and released later the same day. Read about the full story here.

September 28, 2020: - A Jacksonville, Florida Sheriffs SWAT team member attempting to serve a high-risk arrest warrant with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents was shot multiple times by the suspect. According to Sheriff Mike Williams, because the officer was wearing body armor “the vest saved his life today without a doubt”, and he only suffered minor injuries. The officer was treated at a local hospital and released later the same day. Read about the full story here.

August 29, 2020: - A Daytona Beach, Florida police officer attempting to serve an arrest warrant for attempted murder was shot in the chest by the suspect. According to a statement by Chief of Police Craig Capri, because the officer was wearing body armor, he only suffered a bruise to his chest from the impact of the shot that struck him. He was treated at local hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery. Read about the full story here.

August 23, 2020: - Two Prince Georges County (MD) police officers were shot while responding to a reported home invasion. According to the Interim Police Chief, both officers, one who was struck in the chest and the other who was struck in the back, were protected from more serious injuries because they were both wearing their body armor. Both officers were treated at local hospital, but are expected to make a full recovery. Read about the full story here.

August 16, 2020: - A Cedar Park, TX police officer responding to a reported domestic dispute and possible hostage situation was shot in the lower rib area and avoided serious injury because the officer was wearing body armor. Read about the full story here.

May 27, 2020: - A Baltimore City, MD police officer was shot in the lower abdomen and saved by body armor, after a vehicle and foot pursuit of a suspected drunk driver ended with gunfire. Read the full story here.

May 27, 2020: - A Tonawanda, NY police detective was shot multiple times, with two shots impacting his body armor, by a suspect who returned to the scene of a drive-by shooting and opened fire on investigating officers. Read the full story here.

April 15, 2020: - A Jefferson City, MO police officer was shot in the chest and saved by body armor, and a suspect was fatally shot after a vehicle and foot pursuit ended with gunfire. Read the full story here.

April 10, 2020: - A Phoenix, AZ police officer who was shot during a recent response to a domestic violence incident that also left a Phoenix PD Commander dead and another officer injured, credits a protective plate recently given to her by her father—himself a Phoenix PD reserve officer—with helping to stop a round that impacted the plate and the ballistic armor she was wearing underneath it. Read the full story here.

February 16, 2020: - An Anchorage, AK, police officer was shot in his badge early Sunday morning during a traffic stop and gunfight near one of the city's airports. The bullet hit Officer Jason Cusack's badge and was stopped by his body armor. Read the full story here.

October 23, 2019: - An NYPD officer responding to a call concerning a suspicious and possibly armed individual survived a gunshot to the chest from the suspect because of his body armor and was treated and released from the hospital. Read the full story here.

June 13, 2019: - Union City (Ga.) Police officer Jerome Turner, Jr. was shot several times during an encounter with an armed suspect in April. Now recovering at home after multiple surgeries, he credits his body armor with saving his life. Read the story here.

June 7, 2019: - A stop for a seat belt violation ended with a South Carolina state trooper being shot on June 2 near a campground in York County. He was saved by wearing his ballistic-resistant vest. Read more here.

June 6, 2019: - A Virginia Beach police officer survived the mass shooting attack in the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on May 31 because he was wearing his ballistic-resistant vest. Read the story here.

May 21, 2019: - A Salem, OR police officer survived a shooting during a traffic stop because she was wearing body armor. She was also able to apply a tourniquet while she waited for medical assistance. Read the story here.

April 16, 2019: - A Mississippi Sheriff’s Deputy who was shot several times in the chest was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

March 26, 2019: - A West Texas sheriff's deputy was shot multiple times and critically wounded while conducting a traffic stop. His body armor saved him. Read the story here.

March 19, 2019: - A police officer involved in a shootout at a Las Vegas casino was shot in the chest. He was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

March 14, 2019: - A Massachusetts police officer’s body armor saved him when a suspect stabbed him during a struggle. Read the story here.

March 1, 2019: - Body armor saved a police officer who accidentally shot himself in the chest. Read the story here.

January 30, 2019: - A Chicago police officer was shot while responding to a family disturbance call. A bullet grazed his body armor. He was not injured. Read the story here.

January 7, 2019: - A New Orleans police officer who was shot twice in the chest was saved by wearing his body armor. Find details here.

December 12, 2018: - A police officer in Calhoun, Georgia was shot at a gas station. He was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

December 10, 2018: - A police officer in Tulare, California was shot while attempting a traffic stop. His body armor saved him from serious injury. Read the story here

December 4, 2018: - A Louisiana deputy was shot in the back and was saved by his body armor. Read the story here.

November 30, 2018: - A Chicago Police officer making a traffic stop near 87th Street and Ashland Avenue was saved by his ballistic-resistant vest when a suspect got out of the car and attempted to flee. It happened one day after another was slain at an area hospital. Read the story here.

November 21, 2018: - A Chicago police officer survived when he was shot in the back of his ballistic-resistant vest. He is expected to make a full recovery. Read the story here.

November 15, 2018: - A Prince William County police officer was saved by wearing his body armor. Read more about the incident here.

October 22, 2018: -  A Georgia State Patrol trooper, who was shot by a handcuffed suspect, was saved by wearing his body armor. Two other troopers on the scene shot and killed the gunman. Read the story here.

September 5, 2018: - An Aurora Police officer, shot during an altercation outside an apartment building, was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

August 2, 2018: - Two Falmouth police officers, shot while responding to a disturbance call in a residential neighborhood, are expected to fully recover. One was grazed by a bullet, the other was shot in the chest and saved by wearing his body armor. Read more here.

June 19, 2018: - A Statesville (NC) police officer who was shot in the back by an unknown gunman was saved by wearing his ballistic body armor. Read the story here.

June 18, 2018: - Two North Braddock (PA) police officers were shot by a man who was occupying an abandoned building they were investigating. Both officers were saved by wearing their ballistic body armor. Read the story here.

April 16, 2018: - A Harnett County (NC) Sheriff’s deputy was shot while investigating a report of a missing juvenile. He was saved by wearing his ballistic body armor. Read the story here.

April 3, 2018: - A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was wounded, but survived an Easter morning shootout. He was wearing his body armor and one of the bullets struck his vest. Read the story here.

February 26, 2018: - A police officer in St. Louis who was a member of a U.S. Marshal’s Service task force was shot while attempting to arrest a suspect. He was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

January 25, 2018: - A Michigan State Trooper was saved by wearing his body armor. He was shot during a gunfight with a person of interest in a murder investigation. Read the story here.

December 14, 2017: - Two Missouri police officers, shot during a struggle with a gunman, were saved by wearing their body armor.
Read the story here.

December 8, 2017: - A Chicago police officer who was shot in the hand, avoided more serious injury from a second gunshot because he was wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

November 20, 2017: - A Charleston, W. Va. police officer who was shot while responding to a burglary call, was saved by wearing his body armor. One of the suspects was killed. Read the story here.

October 24, 2017: - A California Highway Patrol officer was saved by wearing his body armor during an encounter with a gunman on a shooting spree. Read the story here.

October 16, 2017: - A Newark, NJ SWAT officer was shot while executing a search warrant. He was saved by wearing his body armor. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/10/14/newark-swat-officer-shot/

October 3, 2017: - A NC trooper was shot and saved by his body armor while engaging in a shootout with a barricaded man. Read the story here:

October 2, 2017: - One officer was killed, another was saved by his body armor when a gunman emerged from the woods during a stolen car investigation in rural Georgia. Read the story here.

September 22, 2017: - A Phoenix police officer who was shot earlier this week was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

September 13, 2017: -An Oregon State Trooper who was shot during a traffic stop, was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

September 6, 2017: - A Fresno, CA police officer was stabbed in the chest and saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

August 30, 2017: - A Louisiana deputy, shot during a traffic stop, was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

August 29, 2017: - A New Mexico State Police Officer who was shot by a handcuffed suspect, was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

August 11, 2017: - A NYPD officer was shot three times and was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

July 3, 2017: - A police officer in Norfolk, VA was shot Sunday and was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

June 29, 2017: - A McCreary County (Kentucky) deputy, shot while pursuing a motorcyclist, was saved by wearing his body armor. See the story here.

June 21, 2017: - Two Coffee County (TN) deputies shot by an inmate at the county courthouse survived. One was saved by his body armor. Read the story here.

June 19, 2017: - A Hall County (GA) Sheriff’s deputy shot during a home invasion call was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

June 13, 2017: - A Hampton, Virginia police officer was shot by a burglary suspect. He was saved by wearing his body armor. See the story here.

June 13, 2017: Two Kentucky police officers were shot while serving a warrant. Both survived. Body armor prevented one officer from sustaining serious injury. Read the story here.

June 12, 2017: - A police officer in Prattville, Alabama was shot while responding to a domestic violence call. His body armor saved him. Read the story here.

June 5, 2017: - A Riverside County (CA) sheriff’s deputy was shot 5 times. He survived because he was wearing his ballistic body armor. Read the story here.

May 30, 2017: - Two officers survived a shooting in College Park, Georgia over the weekend. One was saved by his body armor. The suspected shooter is still being sought. Find details here.

May 12, 2017: - A Chicago police officer who was shot in the chest was saved by wearing his body armor. Details here.

April 27, 2017: - A Banks County (Georgia) Sheriff’s deputy was shot after pulling over an armed robbery suspect.  He was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

April 21, 2017: - Three Seattle police officers were injured in a shooting following a robbery. One of the suspects was killed. One of the police officers was saved by wearing her body armor. Read more here.

March 28, 2017: - An Anderson, California police officer was saved by wearing his ballistic vest. Read more about the incident here.

March 16, 2017: - Two Detroit police officers are expected to recover after being shot during an investigation. One of the officers was struck twice in the chest. He is ballistic resistant body armor stopped the bullets. Read more here.

March 16, 2017: - A San Bernardino California sheriff’s deputy was shot by a robbery suspect and survived. He was wearing his ballistic resistant vest and it is credited with saving his life. Read more here.

January 3, 2017: - Two Texas law enforcement officers were saved by wearing body armor in two separate shooting incidents. Read more here.

December 15, 2016: - An Indiana police officer was shot in the chest, and sustained only minor injuries because he was wearing his vest. Read the story here.

December 14, 2016: - A Georgia police officer is recovering after a shooting during a drug investigation. He was shot in the arm and the chest. He was wearing his body armor and it is credited with preventing serious injury. Read the story here.

December 13, 2016: - A police officer in Leland, NC survived a shooting during a traffic encounter with a suspected drunk driver. His body armor is credited with saving his life. Read the story here.

November 10, 2016: - A New York police officer who struggled with a burglary suspect after a foot pursuit, was saved from a knife attack by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

October 22, 2016: - A Columbus, Georgia police officer who was shot during a burglary investigation was saved by wearing his ballistic-resistant vest. Read the story here.

October 20, 2016:- A Paris, (KY) Police Officer was shot Tuesday night inside a home while trying to make contact with an individual. He was wearing his body armor which is being credited with saving his life. A standoff ensued at the residence. Read the story here.

September 30, 2016: - A Willcox (AR) Police Officer was shot after a traffic-related incident and pursuit. He was wearing his body armor which prevented serious injury. The shooter was also shot and apprehended. Read the story here.

September 21, 2016: - One of the police officers who apprehended the bombing suspect in New York/New Jersey was shot during the encounter. He was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

September 17, 2016: - Two Forth Worth (TX) police officers survived a shooting at a home on Friday. Both were wearing their body armor when they responded to a call to check on a suicide report.  Read the story here.

September 17, 2016: - Two police officers were among 7 shot in in Philadelphia Friday night. One officer, ambushed in her car by the shooter, was hit several times. Her body armor is credited with saving her. A civilian and the shooter were killed. Read the story here.

August 9, 2016: - An Oregon police officer who was shot by a fleeing suspect after a traffic stop was saved by wearing is ballistic vest. The suspect took a hostage and was eventually shot by police. Read the story here.

July 26, 2016: - Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Chelsea McLellan was shot by a suspect who had smuggled a gun into the back of her police cruiser. As she was transporting him to jail, the suspect began shooting and she was struck in the shoulder. Her ballistic body armor is credited with saving her life.  http://bit.ly/2aimlZ2

July 17, 2016: - Milwaukee police officer Brandon Baranowski was shot as he sat in his squad car while fellow officers investigated a domestic disturbance. His assistant police chief says Baranowski was saved by wearing his ballistic body armor. http://bit.ly/29Oi2nO

July 5, 2016: - A North Charleston, SC police officer was shot during a standoff with a suspect who had allegedly tried to run over a pedestrian with a car. Officer Wayne Pavlischek was wearing his ballistic vest. He was transported to a local hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Read the story here.

June 28, 2016: - A Boise Police officer was shot in the chest during a shootout with a suspect. He sustained nonlife-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Authorities say he was saved by wearing his body armor. Read the story here.

June 24, 2016: - Folcroft (PA) Police Officer Christopher Dorman survived being shot 7 times and is expected to fully recover. Several bullets struck his ballistic vest, and officials say the body armor likely saved his life. Four people are in custody following the shooting. Read the story here.

June 14, 2016: - A Louisville, KY police officer survived a shooting at close range. His chief credits the fact that Officer Kyle Carroll was wearing his ballistic body armor with saving his life. Read the story here.

June 14, 2016: - An Orlando, FL police officer was saved by wearing his ballistic helmet. Orlando police identified Michael Napolitano as one of the officers who responded to the attack at the Pulse nightclub Sunday morning, in which at least 49 were killed. His helmet was punctured by a bullet and is being crediting with saving his life. Read the story here.

June 8, 2016: - A Stafford County (Virginia) Sheriff’s deputy was shot four times while responding to a breaking and entering call. He suffered extensive injuries but survived and the shooter was apprehended and charged with attempted capital murder.  The sheriff’s office says the deputy’s ballistic body armor saved his life. http://wtvr.com/2016/06/08/stafford-deputy-shot/

June 6, 2016: - An Atlanta police officer, responding to a home invasion call, was shot in the abdomen. He managed to return fire and two suspects are in custody. The unnamed officer is recovering at an area hospital. Officials are citing the fact that he was wearing his ballistic body armor as saving his life. He is expected to recover and head home soon. Read the story here .

March 9, 2016: - A Jacksonville, Florida detective survived a shooting Wednesday during a traffic stop. He was wearing his body armor and it is likely that it saved his life. More details about the shooting, the detective and the arrest of the suspect are available here .

Aug. 25, 2015: For the second time in less than a week, a Mississippi law enforcement officer’s life was saved by his ballistic-resistant vest when shot at during a traffic stop. As the Monroe County Deputy approached a motorcycle, the sole occupant began shooting at the officer. A bullet struck the deputy in the vest and knocked him to the ground. More

Officer shot twice during scuffle, bulletproof vest stops one bullet - Aug. 19, 2015: CORINTH, MS (WMC)

A Corinth, Mississippi, police officer is in the hospital after getting shot with his own weapon during a scuffle with a possible prowler.

Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance said Officer Kevin Parker Jr. was investigating the prowler call at a woman's home around 4 Wednesday morning.

Parker saw a man run out in front of his car. When he went to investigate, the man rushed Parker and fought to get his gun. More

Just before dawn on July 13, 2015, a 39-year-old sergeant with the St. Louis Police Department was treated and released from a local hospital after shots fired during an ambush were stopped by his ballistic-resistant vest. The officer was off-duty but wearing his uniform while working a second job in neighborhood security when a car carrying four men pulled up beside his unmarked personal vehicle, and one man got out and opened fire. There had been no previous contact between the officer and the suspect, who fled the scene on foot after the sergeant fired back. The car’s driver was arrested later in the day and one of the passengers turned himself in. Read more here .

Ballistic Vest Saves Officer from Injury
A disturbance call in Randolph County, NC turned violent when a person exited a residence and stabbed an officer in the chest.  Although there are no guarantees that ballistic-resistant vests will provide protection against edged-weapons, in many cases, as was the case in Randolph County, the vest was damaged and needed to be replaced, but the officer suffered no serious injuries. Video: NC suspect attacks deputy with knife

BVP Program Saves Lives! Law enforcement officers face life-threatening perils every day. In two separate incidents this month, officers in Ohio and New York were wounded by gunfire and survived after responding to reports of domestic violence and threats to use a firearm to harm others.

In a Tuesday, March 10 incident, officers from the Cleveland, Ohio Police Department  entered a home and encountered a man who immediately began shooting at them. One officer was struck in the chest and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Ten days later on Saturday, March 21, Orleans County, N.Y. sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene of the original incident after the suspect had left the area. More

Lewisburg, WV Officers Survive Deadly Assault
The unimaginable happened January 1, 2015, when Lt. Jeromy Dove, a 16-year veteran of the Lewisburg Police Department and Patrolman Nicholas Sams, barely three weeks out of the police academy, made what they considered to be a routine traffic stop. Unknown to the officers, there were two dead bodies in the bed of the pick-up truck they stopped and the driver opened fire on the officers. Both officers survived the deadly assault because the ballistic-resistant vests they were wearing, stopped the bullets. Funds from the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program, administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, had been used to purchase the vests.

Bullet-resistant Vest Saved North Charleston Officer’s Life
On Jan. 14, 2012, after leaving the scene of a home theft, Officer David Winslette of the North Charleston (S.C.) Police Department approached a subject who fit the description of the subject involved in the theft. Without warning, the subject opened fire on the officer; two of the shots struck the officer. If not for the bullet-resistant vest that Officer Winslette was wearing that night, the incident would have ended much differently and Officer Winslette would not be able to tell about the incident.

Interview with Kyle Russel

Officer Kyle Russel
Alexandria, Va., Police Department
Las Vegas SHOT Show
Orlando, Fla.
January 15-18, 2009

Stockton: Hi, I’m Dale Stockton, editor of Law Officer Magazine. We’re at the Orlando SHOT Show, and with me today is Kyle Russel of the Alexandria, Va., Police Department. Officer Russel this last year had an incident where his vest saved his life, and we’re going to talk to him about that. So Kyle, tell us what happened.

Russel: I’m a field training officer and I was training a brand-new officer that night. We were actually on 395 a stretch of highway right outside of Washington, D.C. We’d been on a call out of our area and we were on our way back to our beat. And a Lexus, brand-new car, flew past us on the highway, all over the road. Very erratic, very high speeds, like running cars off the road, somehow managed to not hit anybody. We lit it up. Eventually, he pulled over. He kept going on a little ways, he kept slowing down, speeding up. Very strange, and eventually he went from the far left lane all the way to the right. Slammed on his brakes. I told my rookie officer to mark “out” with a possibly intoxicated driver. I had already hopped out the car, I had a weird feeling about it. I wanted to make sure I got the keys from the drive. I suspected he was either highly highly intoxicated or having a diabetic seizure and was going into shock. I approached the car on the passenger side on the highway, I really don’t like a driver side approach on the highway, and I looked back to see where my rookie officer was and he was just getting out of his vehicle. I approached the car and I looked in with my light. His hands were on his lap and he was vomiting from the mouth, he had blood on his face. I looked in and I said “hey man, are you okay?” and he looked up at me and growled and said like “Hi,” while he looked at me and he reached under his leg and shot me once in the chest. Forty-five caliber round, hit me right here. I knew I was hit immediately, fortunately I was able to duck back. There was a guardrail on the side and I dove for the guardrail for some cover. I figured he was going to get out of the car and engage me so I wanted to have a little bit of cover. I drew my weapon and I looked back up. He had immediately fled. He was probably about 25 30 yard up the highway flying. I marked out with all the information on the vehicle. My rookie gave the state the tag. I gave the driver information and everything about it. And a little ways down the road he shot himself in the head. They actually went to make notification to his wife that he had shot a police officer and killed himself and it was at that time that they realized she had been murdered. She was later found by him inside the apartment right before I pulled him over. We had no idea that had happened. In the car, we found not only the .45 caliber he shot me with but a Bushmaster M4 and he had several loaded magazines, locked and loaded, and he had recently just been discharged from the Old Guard unit in the military. So that was the direction he was heading, on 395.

Stockton: You wear your vest all the time?

Russel: All the time. I never go to work without it. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t been wearing that vest, there’s no way I would be alive. A round in the chest like that, they said it would have missed my heart by about two inches. There’s no way I would have lived through it.

Stockton: What do you say to the guys that say “I carry it in the car; it gets too hot; if I need it, I’ll put it on” ?

Russel: I mean, that’s the dumbest thing you could ever say. I mean, I’m living proof, that’s the reason, you never know when it could be your day. And that was just a normal day for us. It was a Tuesday night. You never know what’s going to happen. What would you rather be, too hot or be alive? But I always wear mine, and everybody with Safariland and [unintelligible] and Second Chance, I really thank them for saving my life.

Stockton: Well, we can’t thank you enough for what you do. We really appreciate you being here today.

Russel: Thank you very much.