Fort Worth officers saved by ballistic vests, med kits

FORT WORTH -- Two Fort Worth Police officers who were shot while responding to a suicide call Friday night are "recovering well," the department wrote on Twitter Saturday.

Police say that the incident took place near 3828 Wharton Drive, near Southwest High School in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Fort Worth, at about 8:30 p.m.

Eight year veteran Xavier Serrano, 29, and rookie Officer Ray Azucena, who was in field training, arrived at the home and found an elderly man fatally shot inside the house, police say.

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Neighbors told them a witness to the shooting may be in the shed in the backyard. When the officers approached the shed, they were fired upon. They returned fire, police said during a press conference.

Both officers were wearing bulletproof vests. Azucena was struck once in the chest, but his bullet-proof vest saved his life. He was released from JPS hours after the shooting, giving a big thumbs up to the cameras waiting outside.

In a statement, Fort Worth police credit the officers’ ballistic vests, the medical kits they were carrying, and the fast work of the MedStar ambulance company to their survival.

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