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Ballistic vests: 'There's a significant likelihood that it will stop the bullet'

Det. Ryan Doyle from the North Bend Police Department said the multiple layers of fabric can save an officer's life. (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. - Oregon State Police believe a trooper's ballistic vest saved his life Tuesday when a suspect shot him.

The trooper escaped with only minor physical injuries. The suspect faces Aggravated Attempted Murder and other charges.

So how do these vests work?

Det. Ryan Doyle from the North Bend Police Department said the multiple layers of fabric can save an officer's life.

"Providing that the bullet or the round hits the vest, there's a significant likelihood that it will stop the bullet," he said.

That doesn't mean an officer will walk away without injury.

"Even though the vest may successfully stop the bullet, there may very well be soft tissue injury in the form of bruising, perhaps fractured or bruised ribs and potentially even damage to internal structures," Doyle said.

How would it feel to be shot while wearing a ballistic vest?

"It would probably be akin or even more like being hit by Mike Tyson," Doyle said.

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