Cellphone deflects bullet, may have saved cop's life

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A cellphone is being credited with perhaps saving a South Georgia cop's life, by deflecting a bullet
(CBS/AP) ALBANY, Ga. - A police officer's cellphone just might deserve all the credit for giving him unlimited saving his life.

Officer Willie Hall, 27, was shot during a hostage standoff Tuesday, but his cellphone deflected the bullet away from his chest, enough that Hall wasn't seriously injured, according to a report in the Albany Herald.

The phone was shattered.

Hall had responded to a report of a burglary at a home in Dougherty County in South Georgia, which led to the hostage standoff. He was shot at around 4 a.m. Tuesday, treated at a local hospital, and discharged a few hours later, police said.

According to, authorities are trying to determine if the bullet hit Hall's arm first and then the cellphone.

Authorities say the hostages were released but the suspects have not been caught.