A local police officer was saved from severe injuries during a bull attack in Burjassot (Spain). The policeman did not suffer mayor injuries, although it was a very serious situation. This was due to the fact he was wearing a ballistic vest from EnGarde. The high anti-stab resistance of the soft armor panels prevented the bull’s horns from penetrating the officer’s vest.
The events occurred at seven in the afternoon, when those responsible for the abattoir called the Burjassot Local Police asking for assistance, because one of the animals, a huge bull weighing about 500 kilos, had escaped.
Two police vehicles tried to cut off the animal’s path as it was heading towards an urban area. As the night was falling the chances were to lose sight of the raging bull.
Suddenly during the chase, the bull turned sharply and ran towards the policeman who was following him on foot. As the policeman had no place to hide in the open field, he pointed his service weapon at the animal and fired. However the shots did not bring the bull down. The bull caught up with the officer in a few seconds, hitting him and rolling him to the ground.
The head of the Police who stood closest to the scene opened fire and was joined by the other four officers while the bull continued charging and kicking the policeman who had fallen on the ground.
Finally, after have received around thirty shots, the animal collapsed in the middle of the crop field. At first the policemen thought that their colleague died in the attack as he was laying completely still in the field.
The wounded officer was instantly taken to a nearby hospital in Valencia, where he was treated. Medical test results showed that the attacks had not caused fractures and that none of the attacks from the horn had penetrated his body.
The attacks from the bull’s horns were aimed at the thorax of the policeman, which was protected with the ballistic vest that all local Burjassot agents wear. The only wound from the horn is in one hand. For this surgery was required.