NCPD: Police officer saved by bulletproof vest, suspect in the hospital

NCPD: Police officer fine after vest stops bullet, suspect shot
Source: Live 5 News
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Officers on scene. (Source: Live 5 News)
Officers on scene. (Source: Live 5 News)
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Source: Joseph Heyward
Source: Joseph Heyward

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a North Charleston police officer was saved by his bulletproof vest during a shooting.

NCPD officials say Officer Wayne Pavlischek, whose vest stopped a bullet, was transported to the hospital following the Monday evening incident. He has since been released.

According to authorities, the shooter was shot by officers and is at the hospital.

He has not been identified.

According to NCPD officials, the incident started when officers received a call at 4:33 p.m. from a concerned citizen in reference to a speeding white vehicle trying to run over a pedestrian in the roadway on Waltham Road in Northwoods Estates.

"All of a sudden around 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., I heard a guy flying down the road in a white SUV," said Alesia Wright."He flew down the road. About three or four minutes later he flew back the other way."

Police say when officers arrived at the scene, they secured a perimeter around a home on Waltham Road attempting to contact the suspect whose vehicle was parked in the backyard.

An NCPD report states the suspect then appeared in a second story window of the house and fired multiple shots at officers.

"One officer was struck by gunfire on the right side of the abdomen," NCPD officials said."He was transported by EMS to MUSC. The suspect then exited the front door and continued to fire at officers."

Authorities say the suspect was then shot by officers.

According to police, the suspect was transported to Trident Medical Hospital.

"The officer was struck in the right side abdomen area - but thankfully the vest did its job and stopped the round," NCPD officials said.

SLED is on-scene and investigating the incident.

Witnesses reported that authorities had a portion of the road blocked off as officers worked the scene.

Residents had earlier reported that officers were in a standoff with an individual at a home.

"One cop came by real fast and my wife said to me something's going on," said William Mulhern who lives in the neighborhood."I looked and saw 20 cops sitting here."

More than 20 law enforcement vehicles responded to the scene.

Law enforcement agencies including the North Charleston Police Department, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office responded.

Neighbors said they were surprised at what happened, and is not normal for the neighborhood.

"The neighborhood is a quiet neighborhood," Mulhern said."We always feel safe here. Unfortunately, this stuff happens. It happens everywhere."

"This is a very quiet neighborhood," Wright said."A bunch of retired people, police live here. It's a very quiet neighborhood."

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