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Lenco Bearcat Played Critical Role in Stockton Robbery, Hostage Response

October 24, 2014  | 

Lenco Industries, Inc., has announced that the City of Stockton, Calif.’s BearCat tactical armored vehicle (TAV) was instrumental in a recent incident in which three heavily armed persons robbed the Bank of the West and took three hostages.

Officer Mark Sandberg of the Stockton Police Department SWAT team says the Bearcat, which was put into service in 2012, performed extremely well in the incident. “During the hour-long pursuit and constant rolling gun battle, the subjects fired four rounds at the Bearcat with an AK-47.” He adds, “The Bearcat was hit four times, three on the chassis and one hit to the right rear tire. The tire eventually went flat, but due to the run flat set up we were able to bring the Bearcat to the end of the pursuit, enabling us to safely approach the suspect vehicle. The three rounds that hit the chassis, well to say they were defeated by the armor is an understatement.”

The BearCat is widely used to protect law enforcement and civilian populations in the face of armed barricades, high risk warrants and active shooter scenarios. According to a news article in online publication Recordnet.com, police purchased the vehicle to provide greater protection for SWAT team members who are often called on to serve high-risk search warrants.


Comments (5)

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132&Bush @ 10/24/2014 6:21 PM

And of course we all know the militarization of police is a huge threat to public safety.

Dave @ 10/25/2014 8:26 AM

We have a fleet of Lenco armored vehicles and the liberalism that is spilling out of the mess in Ferguson, Missouri has me nervous that we will lose them. Our armored vehicles have taken gunfire and have successfully protected officers and civilians alike EVERY time. Now, they are being cast in the media to look like we are driving tanks into people armed with pocket knives, and that simply isn't true.

Tom Ret @ 10/25/2014 8:46 AM

Terrorist attacks are coming to this country. Soon the conversation will shift to
do we need to up gun our police to meet the modern challenges. If police
administrators just wait, this current controversy will be moot.

Observer @ 10/25/2014 9:02 AM

When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Perhaps a change in tactics instead the slide toward paramilitary assault teams and armored vehicles might be something to consider? After all, Uncle Sam has provided a graduate level course in IED construction and placement.

Nah, more fun to play GI Joe enforcing laws most didn't want in the first place.

Fun times just ahead.

libssuck @ 10/25/2014 9:28 AM

Hey Observer I mean Lenny, GFYS...........

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