(AP) — On the heels of a shooting in which an officer was injured, an eastern Kentucky police department is requiring all officers to wear bullet proof vests while on duty.
Prestonsburg Police Officer Adam Dixon was shot in the chest last week while trying to catch a suspect who fled after a traffic stop. He survived and is expected to recover even though he wasn't wearing a bulletproof vest.
Assistant Police Chief Gerald Clark told media that the shooting "was a wake-up call." He said wearing the vests had been optional before but now it is mandatory for officers to wear them.
The suspect accused of shooting Dixon, Robert Powers, pleaded not guilty on Monday to attempted murder of a police officer and flagrant non-support.