UPDATED 08-15-13: TENNESSEE OFFICER JOSHUA SMITH RECEIVES A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE AFTER BEING SHOT AT POINT-BLANK RANGE (VIDEO)…

Posted on December 25, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics..., NEWS..., UPDATED POSTS... | Tags: , , |

Thursday, August 15, 2013  6:31 AM (My original post follows my update)

I try and update stories in my Blog no matter how old they are…

Joshua Smith (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Department)

Here’s additional information on this once-inspirational Christmas story, and it isn’t good because it ends up this cop’s “story” is one he callously fabricated.  Perhaps he belongs in Hollywood where the stories and the people are all fake…

Cop Indicted for Making Up Shooting Story

 

QueenBee

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Here’s my Original Post…
Police Officer Joshua Smith pulled over a car around 1:00 AM on Christmas Eve (Thursday) because its temporary license tag had expired and it was weaving.  When Smith told the driver to get out of the car, the driver pulled out a gun and shot Smith in the chest at point-blank range.  Smith was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the shot could have gone through the vest and it was the badge that saved him.  Not only did he dodge a bullet, but he also dodged a knife as he ducked when one of the suspects swung at him with a knife.  Police are still searching for the suspect.
Police officers put their lives on the line every day and every night, but instead of people being grateful for the protection they receive, some hunt them down like wild animals, but it’s the wild animals that are doing the hunting.  Yes, there are some cops that are corrupt as with any occupation, but in general, most of them protect and serve the law.  I hope to God the scumbags who accosted Officer Smith are caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law.  I’m happy that Officer Smith is safe at home with his family and I truly believe that he was blessed with a Christmas miracle…
QueenBee
 
Steel badge saves life of West Tennessee police officer
Posted: Dec 24, 2009 5:53 PM EST Updated: Dec 24, 2009 6:14 PM EST

Badge saves police officer in shooting at point blank range

OAKLAND, TN (WMC-TV) – A badge is at the center of a Christmas miracle that likely saved an Oakland, Tennessee police officer from serious harm.

The incident happened Thursday night along Highway 64 near Oakland, when police officer Joshua Smith pulled over two men in a Chevy Suburban for having an improper drive out tag.

But the town’s Police Chief, Keith Hogwood, said what the two men in the Suburban did when they got out of their car is every officer’s worst nightmare.

“At that time, the driver pulled out what Officer Smith believed to be a revolver, and he shot him point blank,” Hogwood said.

According to Hogwood, Officer Smith was saved by his steel police badge. The bullet hit it and exited out of his shirt, leaving a huge dent in the badge.

“He was blessed,” Hogwood said. “God was watching over him. It hit the badge. We just got this badge. I ordered it less than six months ago.”

Hogwood said the impact from the gunshot knocked Smith to the ground.  He hit is head, but was able to get a shot off at the suspects.  Smith was not sure if he hit anyone.

Smith was still extremely sore Thursday, and was not up for doing an interview, but by phone he told his boss that he feels lucky to be alive.

Hogwood joked that Officer Smith could be considered a cop with nine lives, because one of the suspects also swung at him with a knife.  But Smith was able to avoid the knife by ducking.

Police are still searching for the two men who attacked him.

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