Meet the armored Caterpillar track loader that helped stop the San Bernardino shooters

Aerial photo of an SUV with its windows shot out that police suspect was the getaway vehicle from at the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, California

An SUV with its windows shot out that police suspect was the getaway vehicle from at the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, California is shown in this aerial photo Dec. 2, 2015. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

The end for two suspects now being described by the FBI as potential terrorists came at the hands of several armored police vehicles including one souped-up tractor.

The final act of Wednesday’s mass killing of 14 at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California was a shootout between suspects Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, and police about two miles away from the Inland Regional Center crime scene.

The couple’s black SUV was boxed in by three more commonly seen Lenco Bearcat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) armored vehicles while a fourth vehicle, a Ringpower Rook, brought up the middle.

Meet the armored Caterpillar tractor that helped stop the San Bernadino shooters

Not your average Bobcat

The Rook, a converted Caterpillar track loader with rubber tracks, cameras, joy stick controls and gun ports, is armored to NIJ Level IV specs– capable of withstanding hits from .30-06 M2 armor-piercing rounds.

It uses an Armored Deployment Platform to allow officers to be pushed to the scene of an incident or, if needed, boosted to up to 11 feet to a second floor of a structure, all while behind both cover and concealment.

As noted by the manufacturer, “In a vehicle takedown, the platform can also be slanted downward so shots can be fired into a car without endangering pedestrians or other passersby.”

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