American flag stops bullet, saves Memphis family

American flag stops bullet, saves Memphis family

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The American flag of a fallen Memphis Marine helped save his family when their home was riddled with bullets in the middle of the night.

"I was lying in my bed watching The Real How, and I heard a loud bump on the house!" the homeowner, who did not want to be identified, said. "Something hit the house real hard. And then after that, I heard gun shots. So I jumped, got down in the floor."

Three people were inside the home when someone shot at their home and threw a Molotov cocktail at them. Those three people rushed outside and realized their porch was on fire. They grabbed pans and water, and they put out the fire.

"We saw that our front porch was on fire," the homeowner said. "We kind of eased the door open,  to try to see if anybody was out there. When we opened the door, we started dashing water to get the fire out."

The event rocked the Campbell family.

"They got the wrong house, and I know they do," Michael Campbell said. "Because it's been our home--we ain't never had any trouble."

Memphis Police Department said someone fired at least eight shots at the house and threw a Molotov cocktail on the front porch.

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One bullet in particular caught the family's attention.

The bullet was lodged in an American flag. A flag given to the family when Michael Campbell's brother died.

Campbell and his brother are both Marines. The family received the flag to memorialize Campbell's brother and his 21 years of service in the Marine Corps.

The homeowner said that flag saved her life.

"[The bullet] was low and it end up going through the flag," the homeowner said. "If that flag hadn't been sitting there, it would have went on--came through the house. It would have hit me, because I was lying in bed."

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