New York cop at gunpoint is saved by his own finger

The suspect's gun was right up against the New York policeman's belly when the officer wedged his ring finger between the hammer and the cylinder.

Sgt. Michael Miller and his partner had pulled over a speeding car in Bedford-Stuyvesant this past weekend when the driver ran away. But the NYPD officers reportedly noticed a man in the back seat adjusting his waistband and were attempting to handcuff him when he whipped out a gun.

That's when Miller stuck his finger in the .38 caliber revolver. The man pulled the trigger several times to no use -- the officer's finger jammed the gun.   

"The fight had gone on for too long," Miller told the Associated Press. "Even 30 seconds is too long."

Miller wrested away the weapon just as two backup officers arrived. The suspect was charged on several counts, including attempted murder of a police officer.

The close call left Miller in shock -- and with a crushed bone in his finger tip. "I felt like I ran a mile," he told the AP. "It was then I realized the enormity of what had happened."

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-- Geraldine Baum in New York

 
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Rene Lynch has been an editor and writer in Metro, Sports, Business, Calendar and Food. @ReneLynch

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