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Cellphone Stops Bullet Fired By Gas Station Robber

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Shattered cellphone which was struck by bullet shot at Central Fla. convenience store clerk during robbery. (Source: CBS4)

Shattered cellphone which was struck by bullet shot at Central Fla. convenience store clerk during robbery. (Source: CBS4)

South Florida Crime

WINTER GARDEN (CBSMiami/AP) — A Florida gas station clerk is alive after being shot by a robber and it’s all because of his cellphone.

Winter Garden Police said his phone actually stopped the bullet.

The close call happened Monday at 4:45 a.m. at a Hess gas station in Winter Garden, a suburb of Orlando.

A man entered the gas station and asked a clerk for help. Then he showed the worker a revolver and demanded he open the safe.

When the clerk couldn’t open the safe, the robber ordered a second clerk to try. He was also unsuccessful.

The suspect fired a round at one of the clerks and fled.

Police say the worker had no idea the bullet had hit his cellphone until he pulled it out of his shirt pocket.

Police found the shell from the shooter’s gun and hope to use that to identify him.

A Hess representative said the worker is home with his family.

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