Sheriff’s SWAT team gets surplus armored combat vehicle

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A large armored vehicle built to survive driving over mines now is being used to get SWAT team members safely in and out of calls.

A bullet from a high-powerful rifle can easily pierce both sides of a typical squad car, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT commander Maj. Jerry Pickett said.

But no weapon that someone would have in their home is going to penetrate the thick armor plating on the armored vehicle, which the county is using to drive officers to the scene and take cover behind before entering a home, he said.

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