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Police officer's protective vest put to the test

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Lou Solis is the assistant chief at the Braselton Police Department. He makes sure all his officers always wear their protective vests when they are on the job.

"I've been shot at but I've never been hit. You talk to the guys who have been hit, the first thing they say 'I'm glad I had the vest on,'" said Solis.

Solis took a CBS news crew to his department's firing range to show what happens to a bullet when it hits an officers's protective vest.

"When you fire a bullet at it coming out of a pistol, it will go through the layers of the Kevlar but it will stop the bullet from penetrating the body," said Solis.

The vests officers wear are designed to catch a bullet and stop it from penetrating vital organs. They are made of a material that's woven tightly together.

"The tensile strength is stronger than steel," Solis said.

Solis fired several rounds into the vest from his department issued .45 pistol.

The vest absorbed all the impact but the bullet didn't penetrate it.

Fulton County Police Lt. Rich Nable said when a bullet hits the protective vest, the officer does feel the shot.

"It will hurt, it will create a fairly strong blunt force trauma injury underneath, kind of like somebody punching you real hard," said Nable. "It doesn't keep you from feeling the impact, it just keeps the impact from being deadly."

There's even an extra layer of protection in the chest area.

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