06/14/2006

LA officer carries on after suspect's bullet paralyzes her

Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Police Officer Kristina Ripatti didn't hear the gunfire that changed her life.

She didn't feel the bullet that plunged through her chest, nicked a rib, tore through a lung and severed her spine. And she never saw the gun in the suspect's hand -- the part that bothers her most, she said. Ten years of reflexively watching people's hands for weapons, and she didn't see it.

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