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June 06, 2006
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LAPD: Officers at risk despite armor

Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
Copyright 2006 Los Angeles Times
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LAPD Officer Kristina Ripatti was wearing a standard issue bulletproof vest when a suspect shot her Saturday, but a bullet managed to slip through a vulnerable section of the body armor, authorities said Monday.

The bullet, fired by a fleeing robbery suspect, struck the 10-year veteran in the left armpit, just above the top of her vest. The unprotected area, which is problematic to cover, is common to body armor, police officials say.

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