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Cell phone stops bullet shot by suspect in Florida robbery

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (AP/WJLA) - Police say a cellphone saved a Florida gas station clerk from a robber's bullet.

The bullet struck the victim's phone, likely saving him from serious injury. Photo: Winter Garden Police/Associated Press

Winter Garden Police said in an email that a clerk had just minor injuries after a robber fired a bullet at his abdomen. Police say his cellphone stopped it.

The close call happened Monday at 4:45 a.m. in Winter Garden, a suburb of Orlando.

A man entered the gas station and asked a clerk for help. Then he showed the worker a revolver and demanded he open the safe.

When the clerk couldn't open the safe, the robber ordered a second clerk to try. He was also unsuccessful.

The suspect fired a round at one of the clerks and fled.

Police say the worker had no idea the bullet had hit his cellphone until he pulled it out of his shirt pocket.

"The clerk said, 'I feel like my chest hurts.' That’s when medical personnel started looking at him, realized the guy had actually shot at him, hit him, and the cell phone had stopped his bullet," Winter Garden Police Lt. Scott Allen told WESH-TV.

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