(MONMOUTH, Maine) - An Indiana state trooper is thanking workers in Maine for saving his life.
Trooper Jarrod Lents was shot six times June 17 during a shootout in which he killed a man robbing a southwestern Indiana gun shop, but his ballistic vest stopped the bullets.
The Kennebec Journal reports that Lents visited the Maine company that makes the material used in the vests on Wednesday to say thank you.
Speaking at Tex Tech Industries in Monmouth, Lents said the impact of the bullets felt like a sledgehammer and he assumed he was dead. One bullet struck his arm but was stopped from doing more damage by the vest.
Company officials say Lents is the 14th person known to be saved by material made at Tex Tech.
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