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NY officer says body armor saved him

CBS New York

HEMPSTEAD, NY – Officials say a police officer’s bulletproof vest helped save his life during a shootout early Friday morning in Hempstead. It happened around 3:22 a.m. Friday at the corner of Washington and Cooper streets.

“The officer was struck at least once in the arm and once in the back and the vest stopped the bullet from entering the rest of his body,” said Joseph Wing, Hempstead Chief of Police.

Officers were investigating two street robberies when they pulled up their cruiser to two men – one of them wearing a ski mask. That suspect took off and the officer ran after him when, police say the suspect shot at the officer who then returned fire.

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