Bible & # 39; miracle & # 39; saves the life of a Bolivian police officer after being shot in the chest by a demonstrator
Bible & # 39; miracle & # 39; saves the life of the policeman: Bolivian agent is shot in the chest by a demonstrator but bullet is stopped by a book in his breast pocket
- Bolivian police officer was shot in the chest during violent clashes in Yapacani
- But the cop was saved by a Bible and knuckle that he kept in his breast pocket
- The police claim that the weapon used to shoot the officer was stolen from authorities
- Violence between former President Evo Morales loyalists and police hit Bolivia
A Bolivian police officer says his life was saved by a small Bible in his pocket after being shot in the chest during violent clashes with demonstrators.
The agent said it was & # 39; miraculous & # 39; incident occurred when the 9 mm round was fired at him in the city of Yapacani yesterday.
Oscar Gutierrez, head of the Special Force of the Fight Against Crime of Santa Cruz, claimed that the bullet fired at the officer came from a weapon stolen from the police.
Violence broke out between supporters who were loyal to former President Evo Morales and the police in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia and in other cities throughout the country.
The police officer (above) saw talk with Bolivian media. He said his life & # 39; miraculous & # 39; was rescued after being shot at by protesters and the bullet hit a small bible in his breast pocket
The Bible that saved the life of a police officer during violent clashes with demonstrators can be seen (above) with a bullet hole in the back
The clashes broke out a few hours after interim president Jeanine Anez and her new cabinet were sworn in the office on Wednesday.
Nearly 450 miles away in the Yapacani municipality, in the eastern Bolivian region of Santa Cruz, the police said they were trying to restore order during the protests.
Officers had been working on opening a road that was occupied by protesters, who were allegedly supporters of Morales – the ousted president who was forced by the army to evict last week.
Gutierrez said the officer was shot in the left part of the chest and & # 39; had a Bible that stopped the projectile & # 39 ;.
The officer involved, who was not mentioned, told local media that & # 39; yes, it was a miracle & # 39 ;.
Gutierrez added: “He is a young officer whose life was miraculously saved, he was shot by a projectile, I assume a 9 mm caliber, and I know that the weapons used were stolen from the Bolivian police. & # 39;
The knuckleduster who was also in the officer's breast pocket was damaged after being shot in the chest in the town of Yapacani
The Bible had a small mark on the front and a large hole in the back after a projectile stabbed the policeman in the chest
Protesters are said to have shot firearms and used tear gas that was stolen from the police a few days ago when the protests broke out for the first time.
After being hit by the projectile, the police officer was sent to the city of Santa Cruz to undergo medical tests, but he will return to work because he was not injured in the incident, according to reports in the local media.
Approximately 30 people were arrested, the majority of whom are not local residents and are believed to have been taken to Yapacani to start riots, police said.
Bolivia is in the midst of a social and political crisis after Morales left the presidency and fled to Mexico.
The unrest began when chief commander of the Bolivian armed forces, Williams Kaliman, called on the president to leave his post after the Organization of American States (OAS) reported alleged irregularities in recent elections in the country.
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