On July 18, 2013, members of the Pennsylvania State Police SERT Team responded to a house in Latrobe, Pennsylvania where several suspects from an armed robbery at a local pharmacy were barricaded inside and reported to be in possession of numer- ous weapons. An 18-hour standoff began and, after several hours, two of the three suspects surrendered. The negotiations broke down and the team made entry via two access points using one PROTECH® Tactical NATO 1TM Enhanced type III shield and two Entry II type IIIA shields.
The teams immediately came under rifle fire and the NATO 1 shield sustained numerous hits. Trooper Brian King, who was not directly behind the shield, was hit just above the eye and the team used the shields to extract the wounded trooper, again taking rounds to the shields.
As Trooper King was Life Flight transported to a trauma center in Pittsburgh, the team regrouped behind the shields and regained entry. They came under handgun fire from the assailant who had retreated to an upstairs bedroom and the team returned fire, fatally wounding the assailant. All three PROTECH shields took multiple hits from rifle fire (NATO 1) and handgun fire on both Entry 2 shields.
Trooper Brian King, a married father of 4 daughters and a member of the 1995 Penn State Rose Bowl Team, has recovered and is back on limited duty with the Pennsylvania State Police. Troopers involved in this incident credit their PROTECH shields with the safe resolution of this critical incident. We welcome the following SAVES to the Safariland Group SAVES Club ®:
Save # 1863 Corporal Gary Garman Save # 1864 Trooper Brian King Save # 1865 Trooper Brian Clark Save # 1866 Trooper Bradley Walters Save # 1867 Trooper Matthew Pierotti Save # 1868 Corporal Mark Benson Save # 1869 Corporal Timothy Dugan Save # 1870 Trooper Chad Davison Save # 1871 Trooper Fran DeCesare