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Columbiana County sheriff buys armored vehicle

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LISBON, Ohio - The Columbiana County Sheriff now has some heavy duty protection on the road.  The department bought a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, also known as an MRAP.

Although the U.S. government paid a quarter of a million dollars when it purchased the 24-ton armored truck, the county paid $6,000 for the  surplus vehicle.

 Chief Deputy Alan Hauter says the MRAP can be an important tool for use in combating crime and protecting law enforcement, who at a moment's notice can find themselves in harms way.

"We can use it as cover protection. We can pull up along side a downed officer or victim of any type. We can put it between a perpetrator and ourselves, while we make necessary preparation to remove the downed person." said Hauter.

The vehicle has tires that can still function even after they are struck by gunfire.

Special Response Teams will begin training on the vehicle soon.

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