Metal necklace stops bullet from going through US man’s neck

A thick chain necklace may have saved an American man’s life when it stopped a bullet from going through his neck, police said, calling the incident “quite unbelievable”.

Police in Commerce City, just outside Denver, Colorado, said a braided metal necklace was the only thing between a man and its maker when he was shot after an argument with another man on Tuesday. New York Post reports.

The roughly half-inch chain the man wore around his neck stopped the .22-caliber bullet in its tracks — leaving the shooting victim with only a minor stab wound, officers said.

“You’d say he really dodged a bullet – but he actually HIT a bullet,” the department said in a Facebook post.

The necklace is “probably the only reason the shooting victim we responded to yesterday is still alive,” they added.

The attacker, who has not been identified, was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted murder.

Police determined that although the necklace was silver in color, it was probably not pure silver as silver is a softer metal and would not have stopped a bullet.

“You might think twice before making a detailed score,” the department joked.

This article was originally published in the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission.

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