National & World News

Bible stops two bullets to save life of Ohio bus driver, police say

(FoxNews)  A Bible saved the life of a Ohio bus driver after the man was shot twice in the chest early Monday, police said.

Rickey Waggoner, a Dayton RTA bus driver, was making a mechanical fix outside his bus when three assailants approached him and shot him in what appears to have been a gang initiation, the Dayton Daily News reported.

Waggoner was shot twice in the chest at close range, but a contemporary version of the Bible, titled “The Message,” absorbed the bullets that would otherwise have killed the 49-year-old bus driver, according to police documents obtained by the newspaper.

“There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident because (Waggoner) should probably not be here,” Dayton Police Sgt. Michael Pauley told the paper at the scene.

Sgt. Richard Blommel of the Dayton Police homicide squad declined to comment on the shooting when contacted by FoxNews.com.

Reached at his home in Lakeside, Mont., Eugene H. Peterson, author of “The Message,” told FoxNews.com that he was thrilled to know his book stopped bullets.

That’s wonderful,” said Peterson, who is 81. “I’ve heard stories about that happening during the second World War. I’m glad to be in the club.”

Waggoner reportedly told police that one of the assailants was heard telling another to kill the man “if you want to be all the way in the club.”

Waggoner was shot in the leg after he tried to wrestle the weapon away from one of the suspects, according to the newspaper. While another assailant stabbed him in the arm, Waggoner was able to grab both the gun and knife, prompting the suspects — described as being 15 to 18 years old — to flee. Waggoner then sought refuge inside his bus, where he managed to call police.

Click for more from the Dayton Daily News

VIEW & ADD COMMENTS

1 Comment to “Bible stops two bullets to save life of Ohio bus driver, police say”

    Connie said:
    February 25, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Amen to that! God works in mysterious ways!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Advertisement

Advertisement