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Wisconsin Chief Credits MRAP Vehicle with Aiding Peaceful End to Standoff

October 23, 2014  | 

A DOD-loaned MRAP vehicle. (Photo: Fort Pierce PD)
A DOD-loaned MRAP vehicle. (Photo: Fort Pierce PD)

Not long after police used an armored vehicle acquired from the military to arrest a man authorities said fired an assault rifle at officers, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval poked his head inside a media briefing about the incident Thursday night.

“How do they like the tank now?” Koval asked.

“The tank” began its life as a mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle used by the military, but it has since been re-branded by Madison police as an Armored Rescue Vehicle, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

It has been the subject of controversy for months after the department accepted it as part of a military surplus program.

But on Thursday night, police said, it played a pivotal role: Getting officers closer to the home of 53-year-old gunman Robert G. Carder Jr., who had fired at police with a rifle from a window.

Authorities have credited the armored vehicle for helping them arrest Carder without using force, and without injury to either Carder or police.

Comments (4)

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Capt. Crunch @ 10/23/2014 7:27 PM

I love it I would join the reserves just to ride in one.

TheRookie @ 10/23/2014 9:00 PM

People may have had a question for about a minute. But, When we all see what's happening throughout America right now these are viable & necessary pieces of equipment. Way it's going we may need to use them to kick the Muslim Brotherhood & ISIS out of our White House.

Arby @ 10/24/2014 5:38 AM

They probably wouldn't ever need anything like that in a quiet New Hampshire town for a peaceful, family-oriented pumpkin festival either. I mean, what could happen there?

chuck thompson @ 10/24/2014 8:10 AM

Congrats to the trained police. B UT here we go again "the old assault rifle"
BS. Bad term but probably a young stupid reporter building up the sensationalism. How many rounds did he fire
at the same time? Probably only a few because it was not an assault rifle that could shoot a full banana clip without interruption. Or did the reporter actually see that the weapon confiscated was full automatic capable(eg M15).
Gotta say, the arrival of the "Tank" probably showed that they were not going to play with this fool.

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