POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 10:14am
Longview, TX — Damage to an armored vehicle used as a rolling shield during a standoff this spring in a Longview neighborhood provides a glimpse of the danger law officers faced that day.
The tactical vehicle, known by the brand name Lenco BearCat, took about 30 rounds during a May 9 firefight with Candace Jackson, a former registered nurse who holed up for hours in her Eden Drive home. She was shot to death by tactical officers when she emerged with a weapon from her tear gas-filled home.
Though none of the rounds penetrated the armor plate, the vehicle is pocked with gunshots — some of which weakened the vehicle’s heavy windshield glass. Pockmarks on and around the vehicle’s top turret indicate the officer in the turret was targeted.
The extent of the damage has come to light as specialized repairs are being made to the vehicle this week.
“One of the primary uses of the truck (during the standoff) was to safely evacuate neighbors that were in danger,” said Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano. “That was one of the reasons it was struck so many times, because it was moving around the area.”
Read more from the Longview News-Journal.