Ind. city gets armored carrier from US military

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - West Lafayette's police chief says a hulking armored carrier the northern Indiana city recently acquired from the U.S. military will soon be serving as a "moving shield" for his officers.

Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says the armored truck valued at $600,000 is essentially on permanent loan from the military because it can be recalled by the federal government at any time.

He tells the Journal & Courier ( ) the vehicle will be used by his department's SWAT team when it responds to dangerous situations such as standoffs.

The big black truck will be sent to a local National Guard Armory this week for modifications, including removal of a gun turret mounted on top of the vehicle.

The truck is lined with armored plating to protect occupants from bomb blasts.

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