Vest Saves Police Officer Shot on L.I.

The officer was shot in the arm and back, but the injuries are described as "non-life-threatening.''

Friday, Dec 2, 2011  |  Updated 4:11 PM EDT
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Nassau County Police released a photo of the vest worn by the police officer shot in the back and arm Friday. The vest is credited with saving his life.

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A police officer on Long Island was shot in the back and arm while investigating a robbery Friday, but was wearing a vest that is credited with saving his life.

Two suspects are in custody following the shootout.     

The officer was shot in the arm and back, but the injuries are described as "non-life-threatening.'' The shot to his back hit the bulletproof vest.    

Hempstead Village Police Chief Joseph Wing tells reporters that police were investigating a robbery at about 3 a.m. Friday.

As officers tried to question a suspect near Washington Street in the village, Wing says the man fled and opened fire.     

The injured police officer returned fire and struck the suspect below the waist.

That man was taken to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

The injured officer and two others at the scene were treated at a nearby hospital.     

A second suspect is being questioned. The investigation is ongoing.

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