This incident occurred on January 1, 2012 when officers of the Sherwood Police Department were dispatched to a Shots Fired call. Upon arrival at the residence four officers began a search for the shooter who was seen entering the attached garage of a nearby residence. Officer Josh Catt was third in the stack as the officers entered. As soon as entry was made, Officer Catt turned and covered a suspect just inside the garage and a second officer, armed with a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot, located a second suspect eight (8) feet in front of him.
The suspect began fighting the second officer for the shotgun and a struggle for control of the weapon ensued. During the fight the shotgun discharged and the blast hit Officer Catt in the left bicep, penetrating his arm and hitting him in the side of his chest. Thankfully, all of the 00 buckshot was stopped by Officer Catt’s ABA® Xtreme® HP Level II armor.
Officer Catt wrote in his narrative of the incident, “Not a single round was able to penetrate my vest. With the angle I was hit from, all my major organs would have been destroyed and I would have died instantly had it not been for your vest.”
We welcome Officer Josh Catt, Save #1810 to The Safariland Group SAVES Club®.