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Badge Saves North Las Vegas Police Officer's Life | Crime

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Badge Saves North Las Vegas Police Officer's Life

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas police officer was shot Saturday night, but it wasn't his bulletproof vest that saved his life, it was his police badge.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m., the 31-year-old officer was patrolling near the area of Losee and Deer Springs Way, just south of I-215, when he heard gunshots coming from an apartment complex.

While investigating the cause of the shots, the officer came across a suspicious person and tried to stop him. During the confrontation, the officer and suspect both opened fire on each other.

The officer was struck by one of the shots. Police believe the suspect was also shot because they found a blood trail near the scene.

The bullet that hit the police officer struck his badge, causing only minor injuries. He was able to recover and continue to pursue the suspect.

The suspect was able to get away and is still not in custody.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.