Cell Phone Over Man's Heart Stops Bullet

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    Cell Phone Over Man's Heart Stops Bullet

    Cell Phone Over Man's Heart Stops Bullet - New Orleans

    SLIDELL, La. -- A stray bullet hit a man in his chest while he was mowing his lawn Saturday, but he escaped injury because the bullet slammed into a cell phone in his pocket.

    R.J. Richard of Slidell said he was working in his yard when a large-caliber bullet slammed into his chest.

    "When this thing hit me, it hit with such force that I thought it popped up from the lawnmower some kind of way," he said.

    Richard said he didn't know what hit him, but he knew something was wrong. When he tried to dial 911, his cell phone fell apart in his hands.

    The stray bullet had hit his Motorola cell phone. Richard said he normally keeps the phone in his pants pocket, but that day he had it in a pocket over his heart.

    "(Doctors) said, 'If your cell phone wouldn't have been there, and if it would have hit you straight on, you'd be totally dead,' because that is where my heart is," Richard said.

    Richard's wife, Mindy, drove up shortly after the shooting. She said it took a while for reality to set in.

    "I just burst into tears," she said. "I just could not believe it."

    Investigators tell WDSU they don't know what gun might have fired the bullet. The St. Tammany Sheriff's Department is running the bullet through its Ibis System to see if the gun it came from has ever been used in another crime.

    They said they don't suspect any criminal intent, but said anyone who pulls the trigger of a gun is responsible for where the bullet winds up.

    The close call just before the holiday season has the Richards holding on to one another a bit more tightly.

    "It increased my faith," R.J. Richard said. "I am hopefully more humble. I hopefully will love my wife more and quicker."

    "He is," Mindy Richard said. "Ever since Saturday he's been doing so much more right. I can't get over it."

    R.J. Richard said he's got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
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    If my doctor said "totally dead" I'd find a new doctor.

    I wonder if its deer season in La.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    If my doctor said "totally dead" I'd find a new doctor. I wonder if its deer season in La.
    I agree with you on that. It's like being a little pregnant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    If my doctor said "totally dead" I'd find a new doctor.
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    I agree. But I doubt that is the case here. The quote is actually from the man that was shot, not his doctor. Just look at the other quotes from him, it fits his pattern of speech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matiki View Post
    I agree. But I doubt that is the case here. The quote is actually from the man that was shot, not his doctor. Just look at the other quotes from him, it fits his pattern of speech.
    I think it's an ambiguous statement. It could be parsed either way, but it's more fun to think the doctor said it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    If my doctor said "totally dead" I'd find a new doctor.

    I wonder if its deer season in La.
    Is that, like, "totally" dead, or only "mostly" dead?

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    Slidell is right across from New Orleans, I've been there a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonInNY View Post
    Cell Phone Over Man's Heart Stops Bullet - New Orleans

    SLIDELL, La. -- A stray bullet hit a man in his chest while he was mowing his lawn Saturday, but he escaped injury because the bullet slammed into a cell phone in his pocket.

    R.J. Richard of Slidell said he was working in his yard when a large-caliber bullet slammed into his chest.

    "When this thing hit me, it hit with such force that I thought it popped up from the lawnmower some kind of way," he said.

    Richard said he didn't know what hit him, but he knew something was wrong. When he tried to dial 911, his cell phone fell apart in his hands.

    The stray bullet had hit his Motorola cell phone. Richard said he normally keeps the phone in his pants pocket, but that day he had it in a pocket over his heart.

    "(Doctors) said, 'If your cell phone wouldn't have been there, and if it would have hit you straight on, you'd be totally dead,' because that is where my heart is," Richard said.

    Richard's wife, Mindy, drove up shortly after the shooting.
    She said it took a while for reality to set in.

    "I just burst into tears," she said. "I just could not believe it."

    Investigators tell WDSU they don't know what gun might have fired the bullet. The St. Tammany Sheriff's Department is running the bullet through its Ibis System to see if the gun it came from has ever been used in another crime.

    They said they don't suspect any criminal intent, but said anyone who pulls the trigger of a gun is responsible for where the bullet winds up.

    The close call just before the holiday season has the Richards holding on to one another a bit more tightly.

    "It increased my faith," R.J. Richard said. "I am hopefully more humble. I hopefully will love my wife more and quicker."

    "He is," Mindy Richard said. "Ever since Saturday he's been doing so much more right. I can't get over it."

    R.J. Richard said he's got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
    Kind of makes you wonder where his wife was when the shot was fired. Maybe it served it's intended purpose!
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    Large caliber bullet stopped by 1/4" of aluminum and plastic parts? Pretty poor ballistics I'd say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Large caliber bullet stopped by 1/4" of aluminum and plastic parts? Pretty poor ballistics I'd say.
    They did say it was a motorola...

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    I had one of those brick phones. Best reception of any cell phone since!
    But back to the OP, I doubt if that's what he had in his chest pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Large caliber bullet stopped by 1/4" of aluminum and plastic parts? Pretty poor ballistics I'd say.
    True, but who knows how far away the shot came from and what it traveled through to reach its final destination.

    I know the guy said that and not the doc, but as stated before, it was more fun the other way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Is that, like, "totally" dead, or only "mostly" dead?

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    Take it easy! You've been mostly dead all morning.

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    SIXTO...I would like Totally like find a new Doctor also.


    Hummm.......One of the new Motorola Kevlar Jacketed Cell Phones.

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