A West Texas sheriff’s deputy was critically wounded Friday after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop, but authorities credited the body armor with saving his life.
“Thankfully he was wearing a bulletproof vest,” Flores said. “The rounds that actually struck some of the more vital areas of his upper body were stopped by the vest.”
One round did strike Herrera in the upper thigh and another grazed his head, Flores said. Herrera was listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery and was recovering in an area hospital.
“We’re brothers,” said Detective Alan Gurtler, a 30-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who was preparing to donate plasma in a mobile blood drive bus. “(An) incident like this with a deputy getting shot multiple times in serious condition, it’s very rare here.
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