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Vest saves officer who shot himself in chest while fleeing from rabid fox

The officer flipped over a fence running from the fox; his gun went off as he landed, striking his vest

Associated Press

WAWARSING, N.Y. — Police say a vest saved a police officer running away from a suspected rabid fox in a Hudson Valley village after he accidentally shot himself in the chest.

Authorities say 24-year-old Ellenville police officer Harold Nunuvero was struck while responding to a report Tuesday morning about the fox in the village.

Village police Chief Philip Mattracion says the animal charged at Nunuvero and he tried to jump over a nearby fence. But his foot got caught and he flipped over. Nunuvero’s gun went off as he landed and struck his vest.

Another officer shot and killed the fox while Nunuvero was on the ground.

Nunuvero was later taken to a hospital for treatment and released.

Mattracion says the officer’s vest “without question” saved his life.