This week's incident was the third time the vehicle has been put into action since it was acquired last month.
It was used in Craigsville in a standoff between law enforcement officers and an 84-year old man. Two deputies were wounded in that shootout before the man was killed by officers.
The BearCat also was sent to South Charleston when a gunman began firing at the Southmoor Apartments last week.
"It makes us better at what we do," Vititoe said. "If we progress in technology and equipment, we'll be able to use deadly force even less."
At Bramble's home, officers used the specialty cameras to zoom in on certain windows and determine his activity. Bramble exchanged gunfire with police in a three-hour standoff before he was apprehended.
"At night, the infrared camera will help us if a suspect darts out the back door of a house," Vititoe said. "We'll be able to see that."
The only other BearCat in West Virginia is in the northern panhandle of the state. The Kanawha County vehicle, however, will be available for use by other law enforcement agencies if needed.
Vititoe said officers went to the Lenco factory in Massachusetts for training in the vehicle. Since then, training is underway to be sure some officers on each shift can operate the BearCat.
"We took six hours of training to be able to drive it safely in traffic," he said. "It's a heavy vehicle and takes a lot more room to stop."
A similar vehicle was used following the recent Boston bombing to approach the boat suspected of hiding the bomber, and to turn it over.Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.