"Thanks Nokia": Police officer's Lumia 520 saves him from taking a bullet

The Nokia Lumia 520 is the best selling Windows Phone device ever made, and now it can be credited with taking a bullet fired at a police officer in Brazil. The unusual incident is more proof of how well made Nokia's smartphones have become.

According to Globo, the unnamed police officer in San Paulo was actually off-duty when he was fired upon. He arrived at his parents' house this week to discover it was being invaded by two criminals who had taken his mother and father hostage.

The robbers fired two shots at the policeman. One bullet missed him but the other round entered his back pocket, where his Lumia 520 was located. As can be seen in the image above, the phone is pretty much a total loss but the bullet didn't enter the police officer's body.

Both the cop and his parents are now safe, but the robbers are still at large. We imagine the officer never thought his smartphone would save him from being hit by a bullet, but it just goes to show how much abuse Nokia's products can take. In 2013, a Lumia 920 still managed to stay working even after it got run over by a 24 ton earth mover.

Source: Globo via WPCentral | Image via Globo

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I don't see any bullet impact mark in this pic. It seems like the criminal used a paintball gun or something...

Really? Someone's phone gets shot with a bullet and it's almost as much damage as when I dropped my phone 3 feet from the ground. :(

j2006 said,
I've dropped my Lumia 920 a few times on the road and sidewalks and barely have any damage to it. :)

I've heard amazing stories about other people's 928s but I guess mine wasn't blessed by Elop

Several phones that have blocked bullets. Androids, BBs, and dumb phones. This is not surprising or anything. Heck, even wallets, watches, and other misc things on a person have blocked bullets.

techbeck said,
Several phones that have blocked bullets. Androids, BBs, and dumb phones. This is not surprising or anything. Heck, even wallets, watches, and other misc things on a person have blocked bullets.

You are the joy killer.

techbeck said,
Why? Because I am not amazed or think this is anything special?

Completely agree, this is possibly the worst advertising I've heard. 'oh my life was saved by a phone DUE ONLY TO THE MAKER OF IT', b/s.

n_K said,
Completely agree, this is possibly the worst advertising I've heard.

This isn't an advertisement, if you look at the source no brand names were mentioned at all, it's just referred to as "a cellphone." A Windows Phone site spun it (shocker, that's what these types of sites do) and Neowin propagated it.

Right but there are countless proof of Androids/BBs/etc. of them NOT being able to resist it too. Whereas Nokia's have never failed when it comes to build quality. I mean even the Lumia 920 worked fine after being run over by a huge truck.

Max Norris said,

If you look at the source no brand names were mentioned at all, it's just referred to as "a cellphone." A Windows Phone site spun it (shocker, that's what these types of sites do) and Neowin propagated it.

Or, you know, they recognised the phone as a Lumia 520.

At the very least, it's obvious it's a Lumia - the photo quite distinctively shows Nokia's logo at top and the Windows key at bottom.

MarkKB said,
Or, you know, they recognised the phone as a Lumia 520.

... Yes... that's kind of obvious don't you think, considering that the source material didn't mention any brands like I said previously? So yea, obviously they recognized the device and spun it into a Nokia pitch.

Now watch the haters claim WP sales are up only because they're getting replaced.

"Shipped to stores, not to sold to consumers!!!11!1" or some-such.

my brothers thinking of ditching, android for WP.

he had a go at my windows phone and really liked how easy it is to use.

and actually looks completely different to the other 2 main phone OS's

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