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N.Y. Trooper's Vest Stops Stab Attack

June 19, 2012  | 

A New York State Police trooper's ballistic vest saved his life, when it absorbed a knife thrust from a suicidal 14-year-old boy.

Trooper Eric Weingartner had responded to a home in Sodus, Wayne County, on Sunday evening and contacted the boy, who was undergoing a mental-health evaluation.

As the trooper and boy were returning to the home to gather his things to take him to a hospital, the boy turned and said, "Things are about to get bad in three seconds," reports YNN Rochester.

The boy then stabbed the trooper in the upper left side, striking the vest. The officer then pushed him away and used a TASER to subdue him.

Tags: Assaults on Officers, Suicidal Subjects, New York State Police


Comments (3)

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MGC @ 6/20/2012 4:17 AM

It is a proven fact vests save lives. The Trooper showed a great amount of restraint and pose to use only his taser to subdue the young man.

I only wish that technology would provide and even better vest. One that is lighter and more flexible. I tend to not wear mine when given the option. I am though rethinking my position and understanding how irresponsible it is not to do so. Basically "Teaching a stupid old dog, new tricks"

goldstar @ 6/20/2012 5:00 AM

MGC - Wear your vest. One saved my life in July 1978 in Florida in a daytime shooting. Can't get much hotter than that and it was old technology for a vest in today's standards. Save your love ones and your agency from the pain of a tragedy. You never know when an attack may occur. Receiving a purple heart and medal of valor is no good if you are on the wrong side of the grass. I'm glad the Trooper is alright and that kid gets the help he needs. The Trooper handled this with great restaint. Thankfuly he dressed for survival.

9878 @ 6/20/2012 7:18 PM

I'm in Texas, and it IS HOT here! I have worn a vest for over 27 years on a downtown foot beat. They are hot but bullets are hotter...

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