Father and Son Cops Saved by Bulletproof Vests 27 Years Apart

'It’s like I’m going through this all over again'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2016 3:04 PM CST
Father and Son Cops Saved by Bulletproof Vests 27 Years Apart

One of two officers shot early Saturday morning in New York City was saved by his bulletproof vest—27 years after a bulletproof vest saved his father's life, the New York Daily News reports. Officers Andrew Yurkiw and William Reddin exchanged fire with Jamal Funes, who the New York Post describes as a "career criminal," around 3:30am in Brooklyn. Reddin was struck in the hip, but Yurkiw was hit directly in the chest. Both are in stable condition, according to Newsday. “It’s like I’m going through this all over again,” Yurkiw's father Paul tells the Daily News. “Thank God for his vest."

Paul Yurkiw was working as an NYPD detective 27 years ago when he stopped to help a motorist who appeared to be stranded. The driver shot Yurkiw three times. “Without the vest, me or [my son] and a lot of other police officers wouldn’t be walking on this planet right now,” he tells the Daily News. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio credited the bulletproof vest for saving Andrew Yurkiw's life on Saturday. However, it could be the bullets that hit both Yurkiw and Reddin came not from Funes but from their fellow officers. “It’s quite possible both officers may have been struck by bullets from other officers and possibly deflected bullets,” a police official tells the Post.There were eight officers total involved in the "wild shootout." Funes is in critical condition. (More police stories.)

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