Body armor saves officer from injury

April 21, 1995|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

A city police officer's body armor was credited with preventing his death, or serious injury, when he was shot yesterday afternoon while seated in his patrol car in West Baltimore.

Officer John Andrezywski, 25, was providing backup during a sweep by the Western District drug unit in the 1600 block of Presbury St. around 2:30 p.m. when a high velocity, small caliber bullet shattered his patrol car's windshield.

Officer Andrezywski, who has been on the force for seven months, drove back to the Western District station and reported the incident to superiors, then went home after his shift ended at 4 p.m.

Lt. Wendell France, of the homicide squad, said that after Officer Andrezywski arrived home, he was examining his bullet-prof vest when a bullet fragment fell out.

"He never knew the bullet hit him," Lieutenant France said.

Officer Andrezywski called the Western District and was ordered to return to the station. From there, he was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was examined and released.

Police had made no arrests in the shooting. Lieutenant France said neither of two men arrested for drug violations during the raid was armed.

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