Lee County, SC (WLTX) -- Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon says a bullet proof vest saved the life of one deputy Thursday afternoon.

The Sheriff reported that at approximately 1:45 PM Thursday, a traffic deputy initiated a traffic stop near the corner of Highway 441 and Spring Hill Road in Lee County, and called for backup.

Following the arrival of an additional patrol deputy, they approached the vehicle, and officers say the suspect drew a weapon and fired upon the deputies, striking both.

Both deputies were wearing vests, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and were able to subdue the suspect.

Simon identified the officers as Sgt. Leroy Durant and Cpl. Shante Demaray. He said Durant was shot in his bullet proof-vest, while Demaray was shot in the leg.

The suspect, identified as 52-year-old Yahchanan Christopher Reames, was shot in the arm.

Following the arrival of additional members of law enforcement, one injured deputy was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, and the other injured deputy was taken by helicopter.

Sheriff Simonsaid Durant's life was saved by vest--apiece of equipment the officer had just received the previous day.

"Thank God, it could have been a whole lot worse than what it is," Simon said. "If they didn't have those Kevlar vests, we could have been talking about a different story."

SLED agents responded to the location and are conducting an investigation into the incident.

This is not the first time News19 has reported on Reames. In 2011, he claimed he was forcibly removed from a North Carolina courtroom after he refused to remove a hat he said signified his faith. Previous Coverage:Man Claims Officials Roughed Him Up Over Hat

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