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NYPD Officer Shot In Chest Saved By Vest

July 05, 2012  | 

This Second Chance ballistic vest stopped a gunshot to the chest and saved NYPD Officer Brian Groves. Photo: NYPD
This Second Chance ballistic vest stopped a gunshot to the chest and saved NYPD Officer Brian Groves. Photo: NYPD

A New York Police Department officer survived a point-blank gunshot to the chest early Thursday that was stopped by his ballistic vest during a foot pursuit in a Manhattan housing project.

Officer Brian Groves was shot at about 3:30 a.m. while chasing a suspect down the stairwell inside the Seward Park Housing Facility in the 60 block of Essex Street.

"Officer Groves was the ninth New York City Police officer to be shot in the line of duty so far this year," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement. "Officer Groves is lucky to be alive. He was shot from about eight feet away. He almost certainly would have been killed had it not been for his bullet-resistant vest."

The incident began when Officer Groves opened the door to the stairwell on the 22nd floor of the housing project. He saw a man with a silver revolver and yelled "gun," so his partner, who was at the opposite stairwell, could hear.

The gunman ran down four flights of stairs and between the 19th and 18th floors turned and fired at least one time, striking Officer Groves in the chest near his heart. Officer Groves returned four rounds.

Groves continued chasing the shooter down four flights of stairs, squeezing off four shots, before collapsing with a severe chest injury, according to Commissioner Kelly. The gunman is still at large.

Officer Groves, 31, has served the agency since 2005. He was assigned to the housing bureau. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a Level 3A Second Chance Monarch Summit vest.

"By the grace of God and Kevlar, Officer Groves is expected to return home to his wife Nicole and their two young daughters," Kelly said.

By Paul Clinton

Comments (11)

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Dan @ 7/5/2012 7:03 PM

Its good to read that an Officer lived through this type of call. Give your family a big hug before and after every shift. To Officer Groves, don't stop being strong and villigant while working the road. Everyone appreciates hard work.

Adrian Stroud @ 7/5/2012 7:38 PM

Great job Off. Groves, you were shot and survived and returned fire! That's they way to be! Thank God you will be alright. Good man!!

Dave @ 7/5/2012 7:55 PM

God bless you Officer Groves. New York is lucky to have a brave hero as yourself. Now I know why they call you New York's Finest.

Officer for 14 years @ 7/5/2012 8:34 PM

Great job. Way to push through and return fire. Can't see anything that was done wrong from this story alone. But my point to even respond is to scold and use this example to the liberal douche politicians and sheep that prevent law abiding citizens from exercising their second amendment rights. It escapes all logic to think that by restricting the rights of law abiding citizens in doing so keeps guns out of the hands of criminals. Itis the dumbest bunch of (explitive) I have ever heard. Here is a !!!!!!!!! clue! They don't give two !!!!!!! about your laws. That's why they call them CRIMINALS! When are people going to wake up and take responsibility for their own lives and put these liberal scum sucking politicians in their place. It's disgusting. Utterly disgusting. And if caught. The scourge that shot the officer should be summarily executed because that is what his intentions were for the officer. But it won't happen. The CBC and their types will protest that the scourge was a good Christian boy. Never did anything wrong. No. Sorry. No excuse.

[email protected] @ 7/5/2012 9:33 PM

So good to hear Officer Groves is OK. Sorry to hear this turd is still out there and armed. I'm gonna bet that any canvasing turned up zilch, nobody heard nothin' nor saw anything. Sorta makes you wonder why you put yourself out there every shift, don't it?

SgtCt093 @ 7/5/2012 10:01 PM

Words can't describe the gratitude and respect you deserve.....that could have been anyone of us in that line of fire. No matter what our job description reads, being taken away from our loved ones is not part of it. God Speed in your recovery....

Thor @ 7/5/2012 10:03 PM

What make/model is the vest. How much?

Trigger @ 7/6/2012 4:21 AM

Hope the puke gets hit by a bus!!

S.S. @ 7/6/2012 6:41 AM

Good job Officer. St. Michael was watching your back. Glad to hear you'll be fine. Hopefully you'll find that piece of [email protected]!#.

Stu @ 7/6/2012 7:48 AM

God Bless you Officer Groves. Your perserverance, pursuit, and dedication reminds these f*ckwads that there are good guys out there watching them. Saint Michael was sitting on your shoulder as he was sitting on mine many years ago. Kiss your wife and kids everyday, remind them that you love them, and keep doing the job that you know and love the way you do it. Like Phil Esterhaus said on every episode, "Be careful out there". Stu

Thomas Laird @ 7/6/2012 11:19 AM

Thank god and the inventor of the bullet proof vest.All we can hope is that one of the 4 rds the officer fired hit their mark and the jerk that shot him is suffering in a alley somewhere.

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