Bible in front pocket saves Ohio bus driver's life; New Testament Bible stops 2 bullets

DAYTON, Ohio - Authorities say a Bible may have saved the life of a Dayton, Ohio, bus driver Monday.

A New Testament Bible was in the front pocket of Regional Transit Authority bus driver Rickey Waggoner's shirt when he took two bullets to the chest during an early-morning shooting.

The bullets struck the Bible and did not penetrate his body, authorities told WHIO-TV.

Officers at the scene called the life-saving event an "intervention."

"There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident because (Waggoner) should probably not be here," Dayton Police Sgt. Michael Pauley said.

According to WHIO, Waggoner, 49, parked his bus on Lakeview Avenue in Dayton after it stopped running. While outside of the bus assessing the problem, Waggoner was approached by three teens who said they had to "shoot a polar bear," police said.

Three shots were fired, one striking Waggoner in the leg and the other two hitting the bible in his pocket. The teens also stabbed him in the left arm, police said.

Waggoner fought for his life, wrestling a gun and knife away from the teens who then ran away.

Police said the three suspects are about 15 to 18 years old.

Paramedics rushed Waggoner to a nearby hospital after the incident. Officials said he was shaken up but is now in good condition.

According to a police report, Waggoner told officers he bought his copy of the Bible about a week ago.

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