BlackBerry Takes Bullet for Ohio Woman

Boyfriend's gun fires accidentally, and device is there
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2010 8:33 PM CST
A BlackBerry like this one kept an Ohio woman from getting a bullet in the leg.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Having a smartphone can save your life—an Ohio woman's BlackBerry took a bullet for her when her boyfriend's concealed handgun accidentally went off in a diner. Anthony Holtvogt, 24, and his girlfriend were preparing to leave a diner after some beers, when a .32-caliber handgun caught in his sleeve, cocked back, and discharged.

The bullet went through his coat and his girlfriend's jeans, hitting the BlackBerry in her back left pants pocket. “The BlackBerry saved her absolutely,” a Dayton police captain told the Daily News. “It could have been pretty serious.” Holtvogt has a concealed carry permit for the gun, but now faces one charge of possession of a firearm on a liquor store premise.

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