Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A Richland County deputy is recovering after being shot Tuesday afternoon at the Farrington Way Apartments.
Captain Chris Cowan with the Richland County Sheriff's Department says Deputy Sheila Aull was shot after 24-year-old Adam Jurgen opened fire at several deputies.
Deputies say the bullet proof vest Aull was wearing saved her life.
InVest USA is an organization started right here in Columbia that helps raise money to give law enforcement across the country vests to wear in the line of duty.
The organization's founder, Michael Letts, says there are still more than 400,000 officers nationwide who do not have the necessary protection.
Letts say 4,000 officers have been saved in the last decade with bullet proof vests, but that their work is not done.
A report released by the Government Accountability Office in February 2012 found law enforcement officers who did not wear body armor were 3.4 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury from a gunshot to the torso than law enforcement officers who are equipped with body armor.
The persistent dangers associated with law enforcement work, advances in body armor technology, equipment degradation and continuing budgetary challenges faced by state and local law enforcement agencies commend the improvement and reauthorization of this essential lifesaving program.
Vests are protective clothing that can be made from different
materials such as steel, titanium, ceramics, polyethylene or Kevlar that absorb
the impact of projectiles fired from weapons and explosive fragments fired at
Bullet proof vests do not deflect bullets. Bullet proof
vests instead "catch" the "bullet" and spread its force over a larger portion
of the body