POLICE Magazine

JUL 2017

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36 POLICE JULY 2017 OFFICER ANGEL PADILLA, LINDEN (NJ) POLICE DEPARTMENT SAFARILAND SECOND CHANCE SUMMIT SM02 O n Sep. 19, 2016, officers were on the lookout for a suspect who had planted pressure cooker bombs that exploded in New York and New Jersey. Officer Angel Padilla of the Linden (NJ) Police Department responded to a call of a man sleeping in the doorway of a business. He asked him a few questions and recognized him as the suspect wanted by the FBI, Ahmad Khan Rahimi. When Padilla asked for the man's ID, Rahimi reached into his jacket and pulled out a handgun and fired, hitting Officer Padilla in the chest. Pa- dilla called for backup. He returned fire and the two exchanged gunfire. When responding officers arrived, the sus- pect shot at and grazed Officer Peter Hammer's head. Four Linden Police Department officers engaged the suspect and he was shot seven times. Officers took the man into custody and confirmed he was the suspect in the bombings. Officers Padilla and Hammer were taken to the hospital where it was found that Officer Pa- dilla's Second Chance Summit SM02 Level IIIA armor stopped the 9mm round to his chest. Of- ficer Padilla and Officer Hammer were both treated and released. OFFICER JENNIFER MOORE, PHOENIX (AZ) POLICE DEPARTMENT US ARMOR ENFORCER XLT LEVEL IIIA O n the night of June 28, 2008, Phoenix Police Department Officer Jennifer Moore was working patrol with Officer Benjamin Ippel in the same car. ey stopped a vehicle and asked the two occupants to get out of the car. e passenger, Aaron Baca Lopez, pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Moore. e bullet first severed Moore's right ring finger and then hit her in the chest. Officer Ippel returned fire at Lopez, who was uninjured and ran. Ippel called for backup and arrested the driver. Two officers drove Officer Moore to a nearby hospi- tal where she was treat- ed. e bullet lodged in her US Armor vest, saving her life. She had been with the department for just one year when the incident occurred. Officer Moore is still undergoing surgeries on her hand as a result of the injuries she sustained during the shooting. But she is thankful that she was wearing her US Armor ballistic vest, and that she has been able to return to duty as an officer with the Phoenix Police Department. Body Armor Saves Lives PHOTOS: SAFARILAND PHOTOS: PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT

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