Texas Officer Shot in Chest, Saved by Armor

Upon arrival, the responding officers were assessing the situation when, unexpectedly, the homeowner fired a shot, striking one officer in the chest, police say.

A Brownsville, Texas, police officer was shot in the chest and escaped serious injury Thursday night because of his body armor.

The incident occurred just after 10 p.m. at a residence where officers were called to investigate a report of an open door.

Upon arrival, the responding officers were assessing the situation when, unexpectedly, the homeowner fired a shot, striking one officer in the chest, police say. Fortunately, the officer’s vest absorbed the impact of the bullet, saving him from life-threatening injury, FoxRGV reports. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and is now recovering at home.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation by Brownsville PD. The department has not yet released the name of the homeowner involved, nor has it been determined whether charges will be filed in relation to the shooting. 

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