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Kane County sheriff gives harrowing minute-by-minute account of Pratt Co. shootings and his deputies' roles in bringing down the gunman

Kane County sheriff gives harrowing minute-by-minute account of Pratt Co. shootings and his deputies' roles in bringing down the gunman

Kane County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Chris Peeler purchased the ballistic plate for his SWAT gear with his own money, something that saved his life during an active shooter situation.

“He took one rifle round,” Sheriff Ron Hain said. “If it wasn’t there, it would’ve entered his heart.”

It’s an example of the equipment sheriff’s deputies lack when facing the dangers of modern policing, Hain said.

The mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora put a new focus on the need for new tactics and equipment, Hain told the Kane County Board Wednesday. The sheriff gave county board members a minute-by-minute account of what happened Feb. 15, and the role sheriff’s officers played in...

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