A Fresno County sheriff’s deputy escaped injury when a folding knife in his pocket (obviously not shown here) blocked a criminal’s bullet last Saturday. I’d love to know what brand of knife and what caliber bullet were involved, but maddeningly few other details are available. Here’s what we do know, courtesy of the Fresno Bee:
Deputies went to the 3600 block of Sand Creek Road just before 5:30 p.m. for the call. The deputy, a man who Andreotti described as a veteran of the sheriff’s office, was hit by a shot from downhill in the area of Mistletoe Road.
Andreotti said the bullet ricocheted off the knife the deputy keeps in his pocket, leaving only a bruise. Andreotti originally had surmised that the man was saved by his bulletproof vest.
More units were called in to investigate and a sheriff’s helicopter spotted a group of people in the backyard of a home. Weapons and ammunition were found there, Andreotti said, and five people were detained for questioning as deputies try to determine the circumstances of the shots being fired.
This looks like a case of tremendously irresponsible shooting, rather than an actual attempt on the officer’s life. But it’s yet another demonstration one of the most unlikely ways a knife can save your life.
Unlikely, but far from unheard-of. In fact this is only the latest of many documented instances of a knives blocking bullets, preventing serious injury or death.
- U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Holubz was already hit by an Iraqi machinegun bullet, but the SOG Seal Pup shown above saved his life. The fixed-blade combat knife, purchased at the Fort Lewis PX before his deployment, deflected a second 7.62x54mm bullet that would have transversed his upper torso and killed him. A Seal Pup isn’t strong enough to block a PKM round by itself, but Holubz’ knife was attached to his Interceptor body armor, and absorbed enough of the bullet’s energy that the vest did the rest.
- In a gun forum story from the early 1990s, an unidentified hunter set off a negligent discharge with his .44 Magnum revolver. The bullet struck a Kershaw knife in his pocket and was completely stopped. The forum post was originally documented with photos which are no longer accessible.
- In a documented news story from 2009, A Trenton, NJ man was shot in the leg while grappling with an armed robber in a convenience store. The victim’s pocketknife took the bullet, and left him with nothing but a substantial bruise.
- A Los Angeles man was saved by the knife he wore on his belt during a 1991 shooting, completely deflecting the bullet and leaving him completely uninjured. The knife-owner’s friend was not so lucky; he took one in the thigh and was seriously injured.
I’d say this one’s more than just ‘Plausible.’ You?