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LAUSD Officer Shooting: Protective Vest Saved Victim's Life

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The Los Angeles Police Department have begun to share information with the public regarding this morning's shooting just outside the campus of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. A LAPD representative explained that the victim,Jeffrey Stenroos, an 8-year veteran with the force, was on his assigned patrol outside the school when he was investigating a possible burglary in a nearby vehicle. The officer was shot in the chest, but was wearing a protective vest, which is being credited for minimizing the damage of the bullet wound.

Dr. Steven Jones from Northridge Hospital Medical Center explained that the vest "did its job" in stopping the bullet, and that the officer was hurt when he fell backward, but is in stable condition, and could be discharged later today.

The LAPD say the area around the school remains a part of "an ongoing tactical investigation" and they are not able to say if any of the persons of interest being detained are suspects in the shooting.

A broad perimeter has been set up since before noon, as officers conduct a comprehensive search of the area for the suspect. The LAUSD says: "The following schools are on lockdown: El Camino Real High School; Welby Way Elementary School; Calabash Elementary School; Pomelo Elementary School; Lockhurst Elementary School; Haynes Elementary School; Hale Middle School; Woodlake Elementary School; Leonis Continuation School.