One of two King County, WA, deputies struck by bullets fired by a car prowling suspect may have been saved partially by his cellphone, according to law enforcement sources close to the investigation. The suspect was killed.
The shooting happened at about 1:15 p.m. Monday outside an apartment complex in Woodinville, Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Meyer told KIRO.
The 55-year-old deputy--who was originally thought to have been shot in the back--suffered abrasions and cuts when a cellphone he was carrying in a pocket was shattered by a bullet fired by a suspect, and the phone effectively slowed or stopped the bullet, police say.
The other deputy was shot in the upper arm and was treated and released from Evergreen Medical Center, according to a King County Sheriff’s spokesman.