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BROOKE OSBURN, anchor:
Police put their lives on the line every day. That was
evident this weekend. A bar shooting in downtown Oklahoma
City ended with a suspect dead and two officers injured.
(Visual of Rio Bravo Bar Sign)
One of those officers was shot square in the chest. The
thing standing between him and death may have been his
bullet-proof vest. Our Mark Myers shows us what makes
today's vests better than ever. That's First on Fox
MARK MYERS reporting:
This slow motion video is amazing. It shows how body armor
stops a bullet.
Sgt. BLAKE WEBSTER (OKC Police): The body armor, the way
it's designed to stop the round is to take the energy away
from the round as it impacts and spread that energy out
over the vest so that it doesn't actually penetrate or make
it through the vest.
MYERS: The vest is being credited for saving Officer Kyle
Bennett. He was with Officer Chad Vantulgen at this
Southside bar, when a man opened fire on them. Oklahoma
City uses XTREME X Body Armor.
(Visual of XTREME X Body Armor)
It's partially made of a light weight, bullet resistant
material called zylon. Now, it's amazing how far technology
has come, that something so light and pliable can actually
save an officer's life. Comparing the XTREME X to an
earlier generation vest used by Oklahoma City police, the
biggest complaints on the old vests, they were too bulky
This one bends like this, and that one you can't even bend,
really. X makes it more comfortable.
Unidentified Man: Right, durability and flexibility.
MYERS: The vests can be worn up to five years, and cost
about $600 each. Police say that is a bargain, especially
now, when you consider the life saved.
Sgt. WEBSTER: The officer is at home. He's not in the
hospital, and that's what we look for. He survived, and he
is able to go home to his family and his children. That's
what we look for in officers wearing body armor.
MYERS: A point which has hit very close to home for
officers in Oklahoma City. Mark Myers, Fox 25 News.
OSBURN: Bennett's chest is bruised, but he is doing just
fine. As for Officer Vantuglen, he was shot in the arm. He
is also recovering at home. Now, the policy on wearing the
vests varies, depending on the department. Oklahoma City
police and Oklahoma County sheriffs are required to wear
them. Midwest City police are required to wear them, except
when it is more than 95 degrees outside. Edmon and Norman
police are issued vests, but don't have to wear them. The
same is true for Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.
Now, as for the investigation, we still don't know the name
of the suspect. Police say he got into a fight inside the
Rio Grande Bar. Managers kicked him out, but he returned
with a gun. He fired at the officers in the parking lot.
Two bystanders were caught in the cross-fire. One of those
bystanders was 50-year-old Connie Atilano. She was shot in
the back of the arm, of her right arm. As you can see, the
bullet passed all the way through. Atilano says one second
she was outside with a friend, the next bullets were
Ms. CONNIE LOU ATILANO (Victim): We was outside for maybe
10 minutes, and then we heard boom, boom, boom. You know,
cops were everywhere, and they was like, get down, get
down, get down! I got shot.
OSBURN: Atilano and the second bystander, a man who was
inside the club, were treated and released from the
hospital. Oklahoma City's new bilingual unit played an
important role in sorting out what happened that night.
Officer JUAN BALDERRAMA (OKC Police Bilingual Unit):
Probably about 85 percent of the people in there were
Spanish speaking only. They spoke no--very little or no
English. So what we had to do was, we had to take them out
one by one individually, and do an interview with them.
OSBURN: The unit's work was cut out for them because there
were more than 100 people inside. They were able to gather
important information about the shooting and hand it off to