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Video: Mich. Cop Shot In Chest Saved By Vest

August 06, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Mich. Cop Shot In Chest Saved By Vest

A Warren (Mich.) Police officer who was shot in the chest likely survived the encounter because the .380-caliber round that struck his ballistic vest didn't penetrate his abdomen.

Officer Donald Viars, an eight-year officer, was hit when he and other officers responded to a home in the 7000 block of Paige, near 9 Mile and Van Dyke early Wednesday, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Officer Viars was shot by Robert Day, 53, who may be a pimp. Day went to the home after a 21-year-old escort called him and said her client refused to pay her $100.

When officers arrived, Day ran out of the house and fired at officers. Five officers returned fire, killing Day.

Patrol car video from the incident shows Officer Viars moments after he was shot. The footage shows Officer Viars crawling in the street with his flashlight to reach his gun. He then crawls to a cruiser.

Comments (4)

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Robocop @ 8/6/2012 5:24 PM

All you Officers who refuse to wear a vest may want to write this down, "wear your freaking vest stupid!" It will save your life during times like this. It only takes once when you arenot wearing it to take a hit and die. It happens and none of us want to be there to tell your wife, mother, girlfriend, etc that you died but yes if you had worn your vest you would have survived. Please, from one Brother to another, wear your vest.

chuck @ 8/6/2012 7:22 PM

Im a Security officer and i always wear mine. Im also post certified in colorado

Bob @ VA @ 8/7/2012 10:39 AM

Well said, Robocop. Better to have a vest on and not need it than to need it and not have it on.

[email protected] @ 8/7/2012 2:30 PM

Robocop, Again your right on the money. Advice to all: WEAR THE DAMN VEST!!! . It's hot, heavy and uncomfortable. Better to be bruised then buried. Stay Safe.

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