An officer who was shot eight times has been praised for a quick-thinking act that saved his life.
The officer was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was reportedly shot in the arm, shoulder and leg on Friday by a man wanted as part of a narcotics investigation in the US state of Mississippi.
Fox News reports Deputy Daniel Tatum was bleeding on the ground and played dead after receiving about six gunshot wounds, hoping he wouldn’t be shot in the head.
The clever act saved his life when the officer was shot twice more in the chest, with the vest stopping the two bullets.
“That’s what, without any question, saved his life,” Marshall County Sheriff Kenney Dickerson told reporters on Saturday.
“No doubt in my mind and unequivocally had he not had that vest on he would have expired immediately … He was very, very lucky.”
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Following the shooting, gunman Randy Vaught, 33, reportedly killed himself after barricading himself in a home for four hours.
Other officers arrived on the scene and rescued the wounded Deputy Tatum, who was transported to a Memphis hospital where he underwent surgery, WREG-TV reported.
The injured officer is due to undergo further surgeries.
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