Deputies shot in Charenton incident presented new armor

In January, two St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in a shooting that claimed the life of a Chitimacha Police officer and left the deputies in critical condition.

Both deputies, Jason Javier and Mathew Strickland, have made the decision to remain in law enforcement and have since returned to their duties in the patrol division.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office recently received a visit from representatives of Safariland and Barney’s Police Supplies. Safariland is the maker of the Second Chance Body Armor worn by the deputies at the time of the shooting. Company representative Erik Belsom presented Javier and Strickland with new body armor.

Javier, whose life was saved by the use of the body armor, has joined Safariland’s Save’s Club. The program is made up of individuals experienced a life-threatening critical incident where their Safariland armor or gear contributed to saving their life in the line of duty. As part of the program, Javier will be invited to become an advocate for the law enforcement community, expressing the importance of wearing body armor. Additional information on the program can be accessed on Safariland’s website,

Strickland’s vest was replaced under Safariland’s Heroic Action Program. This program offers new vests to law enforcement officers involved in critical incidents, but that do not qualify for the Save’s Club program.

The new vests were fitted for the deputies by Barney’s Police Supplies, the local supplier of body armor to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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