Court OKs body armor for sheriff’s department

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Several requests from the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department received approval from the VZC Commissioners Court Aug. 8.

A grant application through the Office of the Governor for rifle-resistant body armor was given the go-ahead following a presentation from Tim Scharfenberg of the VZC Sheriff’s Department.

“This is a no-match grant which means that it is fully funded by the governor’s office,” said Scharfenberg.  “Last Saturday, we had to deal with an individual who was suicidal and had a rifle. I was standing there using my own protection. He was trying to get us to kill him. I was wearing my 22-year old panels which are pistol-proof that expired several years ago. What we are wanting to apply for is a grant that will provide our guys something safer and provide us more protection.”

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