Wounded officer says bullet proof vest may have saved him

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston Police officer who was shot while on patrol Wednesday morning said his bullet proof vest may have saved his life.

In a telephone interview Thursday afternoon, Sgt. Eddie Bullard said the police department requires all officers to wear a vest.

"Anybody who doesn't wear a vest is crazy, because you never know," said Bullard.

Bullard, a 15 year veteran of the force, told investigators he was attempting to talk to someone around 5 o'clock Wednesday morning when he was hit by one bullet in his lower body.

"You think back on it. It could have went many different ways and I'm just fortunate that the vest did its job and I can live another day."

Eddie Driggers, who runs a North Charleston shop that sells bullet proof vests to some area police departments, said all officers should wear one.

"It basically just catches the bullet and it kind of folds up like that and pretty much stops it," Driggers said.

Bullard is home from the hospital.

Police have not identified any suspects in the shooting. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

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