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Bullet-resistant vests credited with saving officers' lives

James Cummins is accused of opening fire on a deputy who responded to a domestic dispute. James Cummins is accused of opening fire on a deputy who responded to a domestic dispute.
Deputy Phillip Douglas' vehicle was shot at least 10 times. Deputy Phillip Douglas' vehicle was shot at least 10 times.
BETHPAGE, TN (WSMV) -

A bullet-resistant vest helped save the life of a Sumner County Sheriff’s deputy Wednesday night.

Deputy Phillip Douglas responded to the 911 call. The suspect, 50-year-old James Cummins, was not allowing his mother to leave the house.

When Douglas arrived on the scene, police said Cummins opened fire.

Douglas’ patrol car was hit at least 10 times. The deputy took cover behind his vehicle, but he also took a bullet.

Douglas was wearing a bullet-resistant vest. It stopped the bullet that hit him right over his heart.

Less than a minute after Douglas arrived, a second deputy, Jason McClard, pulled up.

Douglas shot back at Cummins, giving McClard enough time to rush in on the suspect.

Cummins was taken into custody. Despite the hail of gunfire, no one was hurt.

This is the third time in a month a bullet-resistant vest has saved an officer’s life.

On Oct. 24, Algood police Officer Ahscari Valencia was shot after he pulled over a man for a traffic violation. The shooter, Floyd Cook, led authorities on a manhunt through Tennessee and Kentucky for several days.

Cook died in a shootout with police. Valencia was not seriously hurt and is now back on the job.

On Oct. 29, two officers in Lewis County were hit by bullets during a shootout with a robbery suspect.

Hohenwald police Officer Robert Carrol was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, which is credited with saving his life. He was treated at the scene.

Lewis County Deputy Robin Hooks was shot twice. He is now out of the hospital and faces a long recovery ahead of him.

The robbery suspect was killed.

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