A bulletproof vest was the difference between life and death for one Atlanta Police officer Saturday afternoon.

Authorities charged Michael Thomas and Antonio Martez Bell with shooting and injuring the officer, who was responding to a 911 call at Allure at Brookwood apartment complex about a possible break-in.

The officer, now identified as 30-year-old Justin Fong-Borden, was sent to a local hospital and by Monday afternoon was recovering at home; the impact of the bullet that struck his vest caused non-life-threatening injuries to his torso.

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Atlanta Police revealed the exact vest that saved that officer's life:

The Atlanta Police Department told 11Alive that Fong-Borden is an Atlanta native and joined the police department in November 2012. He served in the Field Operation's Division as a Patrolman in Buckhead. Officials are not releasing a photo of the officer at this time.

Police said "although Fong-Borden has been with APD for a short time, he has served with distinction and is constantly praised by his supervisors."

Meanwhile, one of the suspects involved in the June 4 shooting made his first appearance Monday. Bell went before a Fulton County judge where he heard a formal reading of the multiple felony charges against him.

Thomas has not been booked into the jail, yet, so he did not make a first appearance Monday; Officer Fong-Borden shot Thomas at least twice during the confrontation and Thomas was recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Michael Thomas (L) and Antonio Martez Bell (R) are charged with an alleged home invasion and shooting an officer at a Buckhead apartment.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now independently looking in to the shooting. Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the crime.

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