October 25, 2014
ELKO, Nev. (AP) - An Elko County sheriff's deputy who survived multiple gunshot wounds from a rooftop sniper in Wells in 2011 is retiring from the force after serving more than 23 years in law enforcement.
Deputy Lenwood VanNatter spent more than two months in a Salt Lake City hospital recovering from gunshot wounds to the kidney, stomach and legs before he returned to the force. He credited a bulletproof vest with saving his life when he responded to the domestic violence call where a Wells man, Peter Coca, shot him from his roof.
Coca has been sentenced to 64 years in prison.
VanNatter began his career as a police officer in Carlin in 1990. He worked in the Elko County Jail before going on patrol in Elko and Spring Creek in 2006.