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Officer Saved by Vest, Suspect Killed in Colorado Gunfight

October 06, 2014  | 

A man died Sunday after exchanging gunshots with a Fort Collins, Colo., police officer at an apartment complex after the officer responded to a suspicious person call, authorities said.

The officer was shot in his bulletproof vest. It's not known how many times the suspect was shot. Both men were taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. Fort Collins patrol officers are required to wear bulletproof vests.

A witness called police at 3:45 p.m. and reported seeing a suspicious person, Fort Collins Deputy Chief Cory Christensen told the Denver Post.

The police officer responded to the apartment complex and spotted a man lying on the floor in an apartment stairwell.

As the officer approached, the man pulled out a gun and shot the officer. The officer fired back, striking and mortally wounding the man, Christensen said.

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Mitch @ 10/6/2014 12:00 PM

Thank you Kevlar, good job officer.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 10/6/2014 4:04 PM

Glad the officer is okay. The suspect decided to play the deadly force card and he got the wrong end of the stick. Now the officer has to deal with knowing he had to take another persons life. I fired my weapon once during my LE career and it took three months of nightmares and talking to counselors to make me realize I didn't have a choice. I did not kill the suspect but he did lose a kidney.

TheRookie @ 10/6/2014 11:14 PM

Excellent job Officer. Hope for a speedy recovery. BPV best thing to come along. The Second Chance was a life saver many a times. Didn't want to wear towards end of career, but forced myself to. Remember when Fort Collins was a sleepy college town. Now it's a shat hole like any other city. Watch the 12, 3, 6, & 9's out there popo.

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