Bulletproof vest saves Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy life from four shots to chest.

Joe Leeds' three children remind him daily how important it…

Joe Leeds’ three children remind him daily how important it is to wear his bulletproof vest.

“Every day when I leave the house, one of them says ‘I love you, Dad — don’t get dead,'” Leeds said. “They’re the reason why I do this job and why I make it home every day.”

The Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputy was shot four times in the chest Wednesday night during what should have been a routine traffic stop in Bethel Acres west of Shawnee. His bullet-stopping vest not only helped save his life, but prevented him from being seriously injured.

He was treated and released that night from a hospital.

Law enforcement officials Thursday continued to search for a red 1990s model, Chevrolet extended-cab pickup and the three men inside it.

A white man in the back seat rolled down his window and opened fire on Leeds with a small-caliber weapon, he said.

“It felt like getting hit at close range with a paintball gun,” Leeds said.

Leeds, 36, said he instinctively reverted to tactical training he received through the Oklahoma County sheriff’s office. He moved quickly out of the shooter’s point blank range, returned fire and says he likely struck the pickup.

Source: Ann Kelley for News OK.

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  • ava8harrierusmc1

    I’m not in law enforcement but I do have a serutiry back ground as a former U.S. Marine I had to wear body armor when stationed over seas in the 80’s I’ve seen guys that were shoot with and without body armor and some of my best friends are cops and most of the people whom I have spoke to never leave home with out their body armor. When I go to the rifle range or to the hills to shoot I always take and wear my body armor. If you have a job in where you have to deal with people whom may have a firearm and are willing to use them on you then I say wear your body armor. Train with your body armor get use to wearing it.this rime in history is a very dangerous time ande you never know who may be carrying and who is willing to kill you over a few dollars.

  • Los Angeles, CA

    Never good to hear of an officer being shot, but always good to hear of one making it through the ordeal – especially thanks to properly functioning gear. It never ceases to amaze me the boldness of some people, but hats off to the officer maintaining presence of mind – and a guardian angel.