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Volusia Sheriff’s Office adds another armored vehicle

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is adding another armored vehicle called a BearCat, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said it is used for more than just hostile situations.“They’re used during wildfires, floods, hurricanes,” said Sheriff Mike Chitwood.The sheriff’s office shared body camera video with News 6 showing deputies using the BearCat to protect themselves from an armed suspect.

The Volusia County Council approved the sheriff’s request on Tuesday, to purchase the almost $340,000 vehicle, making it the department’s fourth armored car.“My job is public safety and protecting my organization,” said Sheriff Chitwood.The sheriff said he chose the BareCat over 10 patrol cars in case the federal government does a repeat of.

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