Police: Helmet saves Mo. trooper struck by gunfire during riots
The trooper was responding to riots Monday night when a bullet was fired into his moving car
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A riot helmet may have saved the life of a Missouri state trooper after a bullet lodged in his headgear’s face shield during unrest in St. Louis, authorities said.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) shared images of a bullet hole in the shield Tuesday, saying the trooper “narrowly averted serious injury.”
The trooper was responding to riots that broke out in the city Monday night when a bullet was fired into his moving car, penetrating the face shield of the riot helmet he was wearing, according to the patrol.
No further details on the incident were given.
“The Patrol continues to protect Missourians tonight & every night no matter the risks,” MSHP wrote on Twitter.
Last night, a @MSHPTrooperGHQ Trooper responding to rioting in St Louis narrowly averted serious injury. A bullet penetrated his moving vehicle & face shield of the riot helmet on his head. The Patrol continues to protect Missourians tonight & every night no matter the risks. pic.twitter.com/gGsFQMGTwo— MSHP General HQ (@MSHPTrooperGHQ) June 3, 2020