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Helmet took bullet for Orlando officer during shootout with suspect, saving his life

At least one life was saved in the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub — thanks to a sturdy helmet and some luck.
At least one life was saved in the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub — thanks to a sturdy helmet and some luck. (Orlando Police via The New York Times)

At least one life was saved in the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub — thanks to a sturdy helmet and some luck.

The Orlando Police Department tweeted a photo of a green kevlar helmet with a bullet hole and scratches on it, noting that it saved the life of an officer who was at the scene at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday.

“In hail of gunfire in which suspect was killed, OPD officer was hit. Kevlar helmet saved his life,” the department tweeted.

At least 50 people were killed and at least 53 were injured after the gunman opened fire at an Orlando gay nightclub. The shooter, identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla., was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police.

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