A Russell County sheriff's deputy survived being shot early Wednesday because of his protective vest, police said.
The shooting happened at 3:27 a.m. CST after Deputy Cary York, 35, stopped a car near Wolf Creek Dam. The car had dark-tinted windows and no visible license plate, state police said in a news release.
As York approached the car, someone inside it started shooting at him. At least three shots hit York in the chest, said Trooper Billy Gregory, spokesman for the state police.
York ran to the rear of his cruiser and shot back, but the other car sped away. The assailant's shots did not injure York, but he was not able to go after the other car, state police said.
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The car York stopped is thought to be a dark-colored Ford Taurus made between 2000 and 2005, state police said.
Police have asked that anyone with information about the shooting call 1-800-222-5555.