Deputy's shooting death prompts sheriff to review bulletproof vest policy
The Associated Press
The Randolph County Sheriff''s office will review whether bulletproof vests should remain optional for officers after the fatal shooting of a deputy on May 4th. Sheriff Litchard Hurley originally said his officers were "encouraged" to wear vests, but that policy could change after the shooting death of Deputy Toney Summey on Sunday. "I don''t know of anything (the officers) could have done any different," Hurley said. "Believe me. I''ve asked myself several times since (Sunday) night if there''s anything we could have done different as far as training."
Few sheriff''s offices in the area require officers to wear bulletproof vests. Rockingham County adopted such a policy in 2001. Davidson County has required officers to wear vests since 1994, but Capt. Chris Coble said officers are allowed to work without vests when temperatures exceed 85 degrees.
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