Ohio bus driver Rickey Wagoner’s life was saved by a Bible on Monday morning, as it “miraculously” stopped two bullets from entering his chest, according to media reports.
Wagoner’s police statement reportedly stated that three suspects approached him when he was trying to repair the vehicle, and as he turned toward them, one of them fired two shots at his chest. The attack occurred after Wagoner got out of his bus to investigate a problem that had caused the bus to unexpectedly stop.
Sergeant Michael Pauley of the Dayton Police Department reportedly told local media: "The two bullets were stopped by the New Testament book in his chest pocket," and added: "There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident, because he probably should not be here."
According to reports, another shot was fired into his leg, when Wagoner tried to snatch the weapon away from the shooters. Wagoner reportedly told police that one of the shooters was heard telling another to kill the man "if you want to be all the way in the club."
After the suspects fled, Wagoner called police for help, and reportedly said: "I've been hit in the leg. My chest feels like I've been hit with a sledgehammer."
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Friends and family members of Wagoner reportedly said that God’s grace had saved his life. Wagoner is recovering at Miami Valley Hospital, and according to Pauley, the injuries are not "life-threatening."
Eugene H. Peterson, author of “The Message,” the contemporary language Bible that saved Wagoner’s life, told Fox News that he was delighted 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."