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Badge Deflects Bullet, Saves Tenn. Cop Shot During Traffic Stop

Badge Deflects Bullet, Saves Tenn. Cop Shot During Traffic Stop

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December 28, 2009

OAKLAND, Tenn. — New, heavier badges used by the Oakland police this year may have saved one officer’s life.

Officer Joshua Smith’s new badge was hit during gunfire exchange at a traffic stop on Thursday, keeping the bullet from striking his body.

Oakland Police Chief Keith Hogwood said the officer was wearing his bullet-proof vest, but it was the badge that stopped the bullet.

“The chief said the officer was complaining about it being too heavy,” Oakland Mayor Bill Mullins said. “He said he wouldn’t be complaining anymore.”

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 4 years ago

    10490 Comments

    bump guardkbouche.

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    guardkbouche

    almost 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    That right there my friends is a miracle in the happening. That's why they call it a shield right?

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    Suzanne07

    almost 4 years ago

    252 Comments

    Thank you, God for keeping our officers safe, especially Officer Joshua Smith, Oakland PD, Tenn.

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    rafaelmorales

    almost 4 years ago

    3000 Comments

    GOD BLESS HIM.

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    Weberstudios

    about 4 years ago

    204 Comments

    And thats why we call em the "shield"

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    djs2v

    about 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Outstanding!

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    32828

    over 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    nice thing

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    joker13

    over 4 years ago

    94 Comments

    Unbelieveable! Thank God and the Angel who protects Officer Smith

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    bartlett705

    over 4 years ago

    64 Comments

    WOW! Time for a new badge. All joking aside glad you are safe.

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    jknapp0926

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    Proof positive that our fallen officers still patrol the Lord's beat!

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    aussie4

    over 4 years ago

    5328 Comments

    Merry Christmas to Leo Joshua! Now get thos worthless pos mexicans off the street and in the gas chamber where they belong.

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    Jima

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    awesome!

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Glad to hear things turned out well.

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    MsSilky1

    over 4 years ago

    64 Comments

    Unbelievable! I am glad that this story had a happy ending. It reminds me of years ago I had given my brother a Calibre lighter as a gift upon his graduation from college. Thankfully he had it in his shirt breast pocket during an untimely flipping of his vehicle (multiple flips). The vehicle was a corvette and the lighter ended up with a big hole in it from God knows what. But that could have been his heart that was punctured! So, I guess it was not his time -- in both of these instances. God Bless! Happy Holidays to one and all.

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    Silent_Observer

    over 4 years ago

    446 Comments

    Badge heavy? J/K ;^) Great story.

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