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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.


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