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New Castle police kill man who opened fire on officer

September 25, 2017

Police in New Castle said a man was shot and killed after he opened fire on an officer whose own life may have been saved by his protective vest.

WRTV reported police in the Henry County community about 48 miles east of Indianapolis were responding to a call of a man breaking into cars early Sunday morning when they spotted 24-year-old Jared Burke. Burke fled on his bicycle but later was caught behind a church by a police dog.

When the K-9 officer attempted to call off the dog, Burke pulled out a handgun and shot the officer in the chest. The officer returned fire, killing Burke.

Police said had the officer not been wearing the vest, the shot that caused non-life-threatening injuries would have killed him.

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