Perfect Shot: Bullet Lodges in Cylinder of Other Gun

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image It's not quite as miraculous as the (false) case of impregnation by bullet recorded in 1874, but it's still pretty remarkable. A bullet fired by a cop at an assailant ended up lodged in the assailant's gun. Not in the barrel of the gun, but in the cylinder. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports:
The officers ordered the man to drop the gun. Instead, police said, he squared up against them. "The officers returned fire in response to that deadly threat," Kimerer said.
Both officers, armed with Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic handguns, fired. One fired four shots; the second, three shots.
One of those bullets ended up in the gunman's gun -- jammed into the cylinder of his revolver. The department released photos Wednesday showing the cracked brass of a bullet shoved out of the rear of one chamber.
Fire medics arrived but were unable to revive the man.
Of course, I'm sure the miraculous quality of this is lost on the dead guy.


Posted on Thu May 04, 2006


Heh.. Just looking at the photo of the gun on the website.. Long-barreled revolver, with a red-light sight.. I'm willing to bet it was mostly for show and intimidation, as you're not going to be able to properly conceal that.

Reading the story confirms it. Here was someone who was carrying a big, scary gun for the purposes of carrying a big scary gun. He didn't have any sort of proper holster, and from the sound of things, just tucked it into the back of his pants. Anyone who pulls a gun *while police have guns trained upon them* is asking for a Darwin Award.

Stupid dumb punk kid, trying to be a big shot. His only claim to fame will be something that was completely incidental to his pointless death.
Posted by Robin Bobcat  on  Thu May 04, 2006  at  02:40 PM
Weird. Just saw this on an episode of CSI. Cop shoots at perp, CSI finds his bullet jammed into perp's gun.

When did real life start copying from CSI instead of the other way round?
Posted by Nightbringer  on  Thu May 04, 2006  at  08:45 PM
The bullet down the other guy's barrel happened on Brisco County Jr. back in the day on Fox too.
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Thu May 04, 2006  at  10:47 PM
It's also not unheard of for two bullets going in opposite directions to hit each other. There was a really nice example of that in a museum at the Petersburg battlefield in Virginia, with two bullets stuck together nose-to-nose.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Thu May 04, 2006  at  11:20 PM
The musuem at Gallipoli (Turkey, WWI) has dozens of mid-air collision bullets. I got a bit suspcicious when our guide just 'found' one while on the tour of the battlefield(and offered to sell it), but I'd believe all the ones under glass were authentic.
Just goes to show how much lead was flying back and forth at the time.
Posted by AussieBruce  on  Fri May 05, 2006  at  06:32 AM
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