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Tests Find Bulletproof Vest Worked During Trooper Shooting

Posted November 30, 2005

— The bulletproof vest a state trooper was wearing when he was shot Monday held up during the shooting, test results determined.

The State Bureau of Investigation ran tests on the vest worn by Trooper J.C. Horniak and told the North Carolina Highway Patrol Wednesday that the vest, made by Second Chance Monarch Summit, was "not compromised by bullets" during the shooting.

Horniak remains in fair condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after the shooting, which happened during a traffic stop on Interstate 95. Horniak is expected to fully recover despite being shot three times.

Investigators also said Wednesday that they are also testing a handgun they found to determine whether it was the same one used to shoot Horniak. They expect results sometime Thursday.

Authorities say Horniak was shot in the shoulder, left leg and abdomen by Marvin Johnson, who is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, attempted murder and assault on a government official.

Horniak stopped Johnson's car on Interstate 95 near the Cedar Creek Road exit Monday morning. Investigators said Johnson pulled out a gun while he was supposed to be getting his driver's license out of his car's trunk. Horniak, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was able to call for assistance.

Another suspect, Nichelle Steele, was also charged with accessory after the fact in connection with the shooting.

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