More than likely, those M1 Carbine rounds tore right through that vest the officer was wearing. Those vests are not like the ones the military uses and are not designed to stop a high-power rifle round. There was no head shot. I could hear the officer still breathing after the firefight. He wouldn't be breathing like that if a rifle round tore through his skull. The heavy wheezing sound indicated one or more rounds piercing through the lungs, pulmonary artery, or maybe the esophagus. Either way, his lungs were filling up with blood and he'd eventually drown in it. I live less than a mile from where an officer was shot, and killed by a fleeing drug dealer 10 years ago. It happened on the lawn of a local church (female officer). Her body was then run over by her own police cruiser when the perpetrator stole it and fled. He was later killed in a police shootout in Florida, not too long after the shooting here in Jersey. I have the greatest respect for any war veteran, but once they turn their guns on police, they're no longer viewed by me as heroes. Then, I see them as just another piece of trash that needs to be disposed of. It takes a lot of bravery to fight in a gun battle where the opposition is wielding a "semi" or "fully" automatic assault rifle, as veterans do in war. But, it takes the most heinous coward to turn his assault rifle on a cop wielding nothing more than a handgun. I got into a wrestling match many years ago, when I was younger/stronger, with a former veteran who was in Kosovo. It took two of us to subdue and cuff him. After he was cuffed and I placed him in my cruiser, he cried out, "You don't understand, I've seen dead people". I replied, "Yeah, so have I, get over it". Because he assaulted me, he no longer had the distinct status of a war hero in my mind. Heroes don't come home and wreak their havoc, or PTSD, on society. Most Cops, though they go their entire career undiagnosed, suffer from some degree of PTSD. I don't turn mine against the society, though I have become somewhat cynical over the years.