Bullet-Proof Vests Proven During Colorado Shooting
The scene after the shooting in Lakewood, Colo. (CREDIT: John Aguilar, The Denver Post)

Bullet-proof vests are not mandatory for members of the Lakewood Police Department in Lakewood, Colo. However, after two police officers were shot Saturday evening, the vests are getting their praise.

The two officers are alive, one thanks to his vest, according to CBS4 in Denver.

Lakewood police say Gordon Moench, 54, fired into Officer Jonathan Key’s vest. Another officer, Kimberly Collins, was shot, too, but in an area unprotected by her vest. Key was released from the hospital Monday morning. Collins remains hospitalized in stable condition.

“Most departments, and we are one of them, leave a little discretion to the officer. We strongly suggest they wear their vest, but we do not make it mandatory,” Steve Davis of the Lakewood Police Department told CBS4.

The suspect, Moench, was arrested after leaving the hospital and “faces several charges, including attempted first-degree murder,” according to CBS4.

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