Ford F-550: Built SWAT tough

Ford F-550: Built SWAT tough
In this Dec. 6, 2012 photo, Medford Police Chief Tim George looks at Medford Police Department�s new SWAT truck in Medford, Ore. Medford police have a new SWAT truck that will stop a .50-caliber bullet. The truck is built on a Ford F-550 chassis, holds up to 10 officers, and has a revolving gun turret on the roof and gun portals in the sides. (AP Photo/The Medford Mail Tribune, Julia Moore )

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Medford police have a new SWAT truck that will stop a .50-caliber bullet.

Police Chief Tim George told the Mail Tribune the $260,000 vehicle was paid for with savings on equipment repairs, fuel and other services.

The truck is built on a Ford F-550 chassis, holds up to 10 officers, and has a revolving gun turret on the roof and gun portals in the sides.

City Councilor John Michaels joked that it could be useful in a zombie apocalypse.

George says police expect to take it out 20 times a year.

It has already been used once, in the arrest of a man wanted in a shooting at a local restaurant.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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