Bulletproof Vest Saves Mo. Trooper in Shootout

6 years 5 months 5 days ago Sunday, September 22 2013 Sep 22, 2013 Sunday, September 22, 2013 8:33:00 PM CDT September 22, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A bulletproof vest is credited with saving the life of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who was wounded in a shootout with a Wentzville man accused of robbing an eastern Missouri bank.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Warren Gladders was charged in Warren County on Saturday with first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer and several other counts. Police say he robbed a bank in Dutzow on Friday morning and shot the trooper after being pulled over.

The 26-year-old trooper was treated for chest bruising but was expected to be fine. A bullet lodged in the trooper's bulletproof vest during the altercation in near New Melle in St. Charles County.

Gladders' attorney says the 64-year-old suspect remained hospitalized but he didn't have additional information.

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