Sunday, October 9, 2011

Police Officer Saved From Gunshot By His Quick Finger

An New York City Police Department sergeant is recovering from a broken finger after he used it to keep from getting shot.

Police say Sergeant Michael Miller and another officer were on a patrol in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Saturday morning when they stopped a speeding livery cab near Quincy Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.

They ordered everyone out of the car, and Miller noticed a bulge in one passenger's waistband.

While frisking that passenger, identified as 30-year-old Eugene Graves, Miller felt a gun and Graves began to struggle.

Police say Graves grabbed his own gun, pressed it against Miller's stomach, and pulled the trigger several times.

But Miller was able to wedge his finger between the gun's hammer and cylinder, keeping it from firing.

Miller, a 13-year veteran of the force, was treated for a broken right index finger.

Graves was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder of a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon.

(By ny1)

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