Bullet proof vest saves officer's life

April 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Glendale police officer is recovering at home after he was shot in the chest in a shootout with a suspect.The officer is lucky to be alive. Authorities say his bullet proof vest saved his life.

The shootout came to an end Monday night at Chevy Chase Drive and Colorado Boulevard. Glendale police say it all started around 9:30 p.m. when one of their officers tried to stop a suspect to question him. The suspect took off on foot and, according to authorities, started shooting at police.

The officer followed the suspect on foot and called for backup. One of the officers responding to the backup call confronted the suspect and authorities say that's when the suspect shot the officer in the chest.

Officers fired back at the suspect, killing him. Authorities say a number of shots were fired, and it's amazing no one else was hurt.

"It's a very busy intersection," said Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department. "From what I understand from where this foot pursuit started and where it ended right behind us here, is we're very lucky that rounds by the suspect didn't hit anybody else. I'm confident in our officers that they know where to place their rounds and they did a very good job at that."

The wounded officer is home from the hospital and is expected to be okay. His name has not yet been released.

It's still not clear what started the shootout. There's no word on why police tried to stop the suspect in the first place.

The suspect has not been identified at this time.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues in Glendale. It appears Chevy Chase and Colorado will be shut down for some time as the investigation continues.

 

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