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Body Armor Saves Ohio Officer

January 04, 2011  | 

Ashtabula (Ohio) Police Lt. Rodney Blaney is now recovering from a round that struck the ballistic armor covering his chest and saving his life during a traffic stop, reports

Miguel Alsina Jr., 20, was arrested after an eight-hour search following the shooting.

Blaney was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle in Ashtabula at noon Monday. Alsina reportedly fired several shots at the officer, who returned fire but didn't strike Alsina, who fled the scene. He was apprehended at 8:30 p.m. at a Millcreek hotel.

Alsina was wanted on three robberies and a shooting in Girard. He is also suspected of distributing heroin at a birthday party on Dec. 11.

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