Police officer avoids bullet thanks to the Windows Phone in his pocket

Lumia 520

Nokia’s handsets are known for being quite indestructible. There’s a certain level of lore that surrounds a Nokia phone and how nothing can dent it. Which is why we’re not too surprised that a Nokia Lumia 520 helped a police officer in Brazil avoid a bullet.

An off-duty cop went to visit his parents and found the house was in the process of being robbed. The two crooks had taken the parents hostage and were gathering up items in the household. The off-duty cop was fired at twice before the crooks took off. One bullet missed the officer completely, while the other hit his Lumia 520 that was in his back pocket.

Lumia 520 Brazil Police

The officer (thanks Lumia 520) and his family are safe, but the criminals took off with items and have yet to be found. Of course most any other phone would have saved him from the bullet, but Windows Phone is the second-most popular OS in Brazil.

Source: Globo

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Police officer avoids bullet thanks to the Windows Phone in his pocket



""Of course most any other phone would have saved him from the bullet"

This is where you're wrong Sam.
Only a Nokia does that! :P

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There was a similar article in AndroidCentral few years back ... The phone was an HTC Incredible.

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Please, looking at your name I can guess you're Brazilian. Of course the'll find the culprits, arrest and prosecute them. The thing is that after a couple months the crooks will be released because of our laws. 

Not shocked this happened in Brazil...but wow Lumia. Good thing I usually keep mine in my upper front pocket (near my heart) in my north face

If he had a Nokia 3310, the bullet would ricochet and kill all robbers. After that it would travel to the next grocery store and get a bottle of milk.

... after getting shot. the 3310 would probably still be able to stand upright and dance around too!!

Another reason for Microsoft not to get rid off the name Nokia, this is one of the well known aspect of Nokia. "its really hard even though its plastic" xD

I think it's impossible because Nokia name belongs to Nokia. And Microsoft only acquired the devices part of them.

If it was a 3310, throwing it would create a black hole. May not happen with a 520, but you never know.

Only peace officers and psychopaths shoot to kill, guns are mostly used for intimidation. These dirt-bags were probably out to make a quick buck and were walked in on unexpectedly. The officer probably identified himself, and the robbers went to shoot in his general direction to scare him off and make their escape. When the officer saw that they were going to shoot he probably ducked and turned, and one of the bullets got a 'lucky' shot on the officer's side.

Thankfully our protagonist of this story has good taste in phones. Surely a super thin iPhone would not have enough substance to help much of anything.

Not really: if you pull your gun, in self defense, you better aim to the big, and easier target, the torso. Pull a gun and not using it is the best way to get yourself killed.

They're the bad guys, most bad guys don't know how to shoot guns or even how to hold them

I find it interesting that it's a 520, because afaik, the 520 doesn't use Gorilla Glass, just some sort of cheaper regular glass?

Most phones can stop bullets, just depends on the material they were made in and the angle/speed of the bullet

I was gonna sell all of my Nokia phones down at the market, but on my journey there, a man fired multiple shots with his Uzi! The gorilla glass on 2 of my phones is now scratched and the dent in my 1020 is gonna cost over $30, safe to say that I took a picture of the man running away from 700yrds and zoomed in, the police scanned the 35mp image and got him the following day :D

Not a Samsung or an iPhone it wouldn't.

You can't simply destroy a Nokia. You may shoot it but you'll only get the same result you would if you dropped an iPhone. :P

That's pretty cool. Though it's sad that some people are willing to possibly murder someone just to get some material items.

Forget it, it's WPCentral. Of course they'll write this as if it was some Microsoft-merit. Because it was obviously one tile that left the phone to stop the bullet. =P

They mentioned how "other" phones would've probably done the same thing, though, so its not like its full of Microsoft praising, plus, its just in the title. They mentioned that it was a Nokia plenty of times.

Sure but come on...it's not because it's a WP. It's because it's a Nokia that the guy's alive. And I very much doubt "other" phones would have survived with just a shattered screen. Actually...I'm pretty sure the likes of Samsung or iPhone would have turn into a million pieces (Samsung would have exploded before, though). ;D

There is a guy who almost chainsawed his leg off, but his HTC one saved his life. It withstood the force of the blades

-- Bam --

My 8X can, depending in the round of course. That's what is missing from this story. I've heard accurate accounts of a .25 round bouncing off of a person's belly. By that same token, a slug from a 12ga will go through a Kevlar vest at a distance up to 10 yards. The 9mm is a favorite for law enforcement, more for its lack of true stopping power (read lethal force), such as the .357 Magnum, or better yet, the .40. You can't prosecute a dead man. However, one must also consider that the cheapest round you can buy, which is the .22LR, also most kids' first gun, can be considered the most deadly, as it has a propensity to penetrate a body and then bounce of bones and then tumble creating more havoc and damage than if it were just a through and through. Also makes less external damage, hence its popularity amongst organized crime enforcers. Less holes = less blood = less to clean up. Just some food for thought.

What kind of bullet was it?

My 1020 saved me from a gang that wanted to jump me. I just used my camera's flash to blind them...then I ran

Just think about it, not only the bullet itself, but the pieces of any other phone, if that was a Samsung, the battery would have exploded as soon as the bullet touched the phone

I would of taped a 3310 to a 1020 and make a mini Nuke to take out out the robbers then throw the 3310 at a gas station to get me some snacks for the whoop ass I just did to the robbers'.

Well, glad the bullet didn't seem faster... LoL I would bet that if the crook tried he could not hit the tiny phone if he was trying. You can replace stuff, but people are one of a kind.... 

After his phone screen shattered because of the bullet, for sure he just went to phone store to replace his nokia screen.

I duct taped a row of Lumia 920s to my car bumpers and got a 90% discount on my car insurance rates. Downside... very poor fuel mileage. #tonnage

If the officer made fair use of his own weapon to defend his family and himself, he'd be arrested and 'people' would go rioting on the streets, burning buses, cars and even cats, saying how fascist and how violent the police are here in Brazil. Imagine how absurd it is to shoot a criminal who shot at you first with the intention of killing you! /s.

Please think twice before visiting this Country for the World Cup. I'd not say Brazil is that bad, but it's complex to live/be here and avoid all bad stuff that can happen, like getting shot, mugged, raped, burned alive, stabbed, or/and taxed.

Oh damn, the Spainish goal keeper is going to change his name to Manuel A. Lumia....and they win the World Cup again

Forget finding out who robbed the place.... This is Brazil, its the home of the greatest bubble butts in the world.. Go find one of them!!!!!

Well I mean except for the bad guys getting away, but that's up to Batman now (even though he's in Gotham).

So, a Windows Phone, literally, saved his ass?!?!?!?! F*cking A!!! I still remember that Flight Attendant, whose iPhone 4S killed her, and that Swedish (?) girl, whose Galaxy S4 blew up in her back pocket. Just goes to show, WP really IS the best!!!

She had gotten out of the tub and was electrocuted, presumably checking something. Apple said it could have been possible she was using a third-party charging set-up and the current may have ran from the outlet, across the outside of the charger, then along insulated exterior of the cable and also across the shielded body of her 4S, and then into her, thus killing her.

Didn't buy that reasoning in 2012 when it happened any more than I do now. If I remember correctly, she was at home in The Philippines when this happened.

That's bad news, but I guess the outcome would be the same whatever phone she was using. Very unfortunate :/

Ummm I'm not too sure if a thin ass Samsung Galaxy would have been much help. Most others would probably have let the bullet get through a little bit more of the phone.. I'm just saying.. Nokia FTW!!

"I'm ok Master Chief. Putting catch robbers on your schedule for tomorrow." - Cortana after stopping a bullet.

The comments are amazing than the article lol. You guys made my morning such a great morning to start with.

OT : Now lets create bullets out of 520's parts. Lol.

I am a police officer and I have a windows phone. I'm going to show this to everyone (they all have androids). >:)

I am not surprised. 2 months ago I was so stressed out and threw my Lumia 520 into the wall. It barely got a tiny dent and continued working like a champ.

How disrespectful way to treat a Lumia, thank god it didn't decide to hit you back, you could have ended in hospital..