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CAPE TOWN (Web Desk) – A traffic officer shot in his bulletproof vest at point-blank range.

The dashcam video from South Africa shows officer Nizaam Alexander conducting a routine stop when he approached from behind by a gunman, RT reported.

After the pistol initially jams, the suspect manages to get off a shot, striking the cop in the back of his vest.

Officer Alexander then ducks behind the two people he pulled over, in front of their Mercedes Benz, putting the driver and passenger between him and the shooter, directly in the line of fire.

The officer returned fire, forcing the attacker away from the car.

The officer was awarded for his “professionalism and dedication to duty” by the City of Cape Town’s traffic services.