Armor company fetes wounded officer

FLINT TWP. — Police Officer Michael Schuyler was an honored guest at a recent weekend event hosted by Armor Express of Central Lake, said Police Chief George Sippert, in a report to the township board.

Schuyler was the officer wounded

January 23 in an incident at the Hometown Inn on Miller Road. Chief Sippert has said that the bulletproof vest Schuyler was wearing saved his life.

Armor Express, the vest manufacturer, routinely tracks news reports of incidents nationwide in which its equipment has saved lives, according to information posted on its website. Company officials did not respond to a request for more details.

Chief Sippert said that Schuyler and his wife and child were invited to spend the weekend at a meet and greet hosted by Armor Express.

Schuyler reported having “a great experience that helped his physical, mental and soul healing,” Chief Sippert said.

Chief Sippert said he was glad that Schuyler attended the event and pleased by how well Armor Express treated the officer and his family.

The township police department always tries to buy supplies from Michigan companies and have been buying body armor from Armor Express for quite a few years, Chief Sippert said, adding that he looks forward to working with the company for many years in the future.

He added that Armor Express has been in business about ten years. The owner made a name for himself by shooting himself in the chest while wearing his second-chance vest to show his confidence in his product, Chief Sippert said.

Schuyler, who was shot in the arm and left torso during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect following a traffic stop, was wearing a Halo II vest, according to information posted on the Armor Express website. Officer Schuyler was shot at close range with a Taurus .40Cal weapon, the company reported.

“It was confirmed today (Jan. 31) that the officer was wearing an Armor Express and that the vest prevented serious injury or death,” Armor Express reported.

Officer Schuyler’s assailant, a 55-yearold Flint Township resident, was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire and has since been arraigned on multiple charges by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.

Chief Sippert has not disclosed when or if Officer Schuyler will return to duty. He joined the department in April 2013.

Officer Schuyler also was one of 11 local police officers honored by the Downtown Flint Optimist Club at the Officer of the Year & “Respect for Law” Luncheon on May 4.

Officer Schuyler and Swartz Creek Police Officer Nicholas Paul were named Officers of the Year – Heroism, for their actions in the Hometown Inn incident. Officer Paul was shot at, but not wounded, while assisting Officer Schuyler.

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