A Detroit police officer was spared serious injury or death Thursday night by her bulletproof vest, broadcast media have reported. The vest stopped a bullet that otherwise would have entered the officer’s back.
The officer and her partner had been dispatched to the area of Marquette and Linwood on the city’s west side after the victim of a gunshot wound told ER personnel at Henry Ford Hospital that he had been shot there.
The officer and her partner were rolling in an unmarked car when someone fired shots at the vehicle with what police believe was a small caliber weapon. One slug passed through the car’s rear passenger door and struck the officer as she sat in the front passenger seat.
The officer was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital for treatment of minor trauma from the slug’s impact.
The victim is married to another DPD officer and is the mother of two children.
DPD officers remained at the scene to investigate, but reported no arrests.