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Steel badge saves life of West Tennessee police officer

By Ben Watson - bio | email

OAKLAND, TN (WMC-TV) - A badge is at the center of a Christmas miracle that likely saved an Oakland, Tennessee police officer from serious harm.

The incident happened Tuesday night along Highway 64 near Oakland, when police officer Joshua Smith pulled over two men in a Chevy Suburban for having an improper drive out tag.

But the town's Police Chief, Keith Hogwood, said what the two men in the Suburban did when they got out of their car is every officer's worst nightmare.

"At that time, the driver pulled out what Officer Smith believed to be a revolver, and he shot him point blank," Hogwood said.

According to Hogwood, Officer Smith was saved by his steel police badge. The bullet hit it and exited out of his shirt, leaving a huge dent in the badge.

"He was blessed," Hogwood said. "God was watching over him. It hit the badge. We just got this badge. I ordered it less than six months ago."

Hogwood said the impact from the gunshot knocked Smith to the ground.  He hit is head, but was able to get a shot off at the suspects.  Smith was not sure if he hit anyone.

Smith was still extremely sore Thursday, and was not up for doing an interview, but by phone he told his boss that he feels lucky to be alive.

Hogwood joked that Officer Smith could be considered a cop with nine lives, because one of the suspects also swung at him with a knife.  But Smith was able to avoid the knife by ducking.

Police are still searching for the two men who attacked him.

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