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Teen gets more than 7 years for shooting police officer

Posted September 12

— A North Carolina teen has been sentenced to more than 7 years in prison after admitting he shot a police officer while wearing a bulletproof vest.

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said 19-year-old Greyson Ferrell ambushed the Cornelius police officer who was called to a home to investigate a domestic violence report in May 2015.

Murray says a second officer fired back at Ferrell. The bulletproof vest stopped the shots, but the teen was knocked to the floor and the other officer took him into custody.

Murray said in a news release several bullets were stopped by the officer's bulletproof vest, but he was wounded in the abdomen.

Ferrell pleaded guilty Monday. He was sentenced to between about 7 years and 10 years in prison.

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