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Vest saves NYPD officer from shot to heart

Officer Brian Groves fired four rounds before collapsing from the pain

By Gillian Kleiman , Larry Celona and Kate Kowsh
The New York Post

NEW YORK — A thin layer of Kevlar saved an NYPD housing cop from certain death yesterday after a thug shot him in the chest during a stairwell foot pursuit.

Officer Brian Groves — a seven-year veteran and father of two — would have been struck in the heart if he weren't wearing his bulletproof vest when he ran into the thug at about 4 a.m. during a stairwell search of 64-66 Essex St. on the Lower East Side, police said.

His shooter got away and was still on the loose early today.

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