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Ballistic Vest Saves Los Angeles School Officer

January 19, 2011  | 

A Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) police officer was shot in the chest while sitting in his marked police car outside of El Camino Real High School.

Officer Jeff Stenroos, 30, was wearing a ballistic vest at the time of the incident and was conscious and talking after being shot, the Los Angeles Times reports. The officer was shot on Wednesday, late in the morning as he confronted the suspect who appeared to be breaking into vehicles near the school, reports the Associated Press.

Police are searching for the man who shot Stenroos.

About 9,000 students were exacuated from nearby schools. El Camino Real High School and the nearby Hale Middle School were put on lockdown following the shooting, as were seven other schools in the area, reports the Daily News.

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