Report: Officer shot in Hickory saved by bullet-proof vest

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Kenneth Alexander Hewitt (Mugshot courtesy, WSOC)

HICKORY, N.C. — An officer in Hickory was shot Monday night while attempting to serve a drug warrant, but he reportedly survived thanks to the bullet-proof vest he was wearing.

According to WSOC, a special operations team went to serve the warrant around 11:30 p.m. at a home on 31st Street Court.  The officers were attempting to enter the home when gunfire erupted.

The officers took cover and returned fire, WSOC reports.

At some point, an officer was shot in the chest, but he was saved by his bullet-proof vest, according to WSOC.

Once the exchange of gunfire stopped, a man, woman and two children came outside.

Kenneth Alexander Hewitt, 21, was arrested and charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, WSOC reports.

A second man, Michael Watson, 40, was found shot inside, but the wound was not serious, WSOC reports.

Watson was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Five officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.

Source: WSOCTV.com