According to a report by ITV News (via BusinessInsider) an iPhone 5C is being credited with saving a man’s life by the police, as the device absorbed a blast from a sawed-off shotgun at close range. The police says that during the incident, which occurred last year in October, the victim approached a gang of teenagers in Cheshire after they had shut off the water supply to the block of flats in which he lived.
The report notes that one teenager pulled out a sawn-off shotgun during an argument and shot the 25-year old victim in the abdomen. That shot could have been fatal, but luckily, the victim had a green iPhone 5C in his jacket pocket as a shield (shown above). As you can notice, the damage to the phone shows it took most of the blast from the shotgun. Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre from Cheshire Police said that the iPhone saved the victim’s life.
“Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived. This is remarkable – had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died. Police later found the weapon concealed under a nearby bush, and it still had the spent cartridge inside”.
The shooter, Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder, and will be sentenced on July 10. Below is a picture of the shotgun that was used in the attack.