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HTC EVO 3D Saves Owner’s Life From Bullet Fired During Robbery Attempt


It has been quite a while since we have heard a story about an Android device saving its owners life, but rest assured your phones are always looking out for you. The latest story of handheld heroics comes from Winter Garden near Orlando, Florida. A convenience store clerk only sustained minor injuries after a bullet fired from a robber’s gun hit his HTC phone instead of him.

When he was unable to get the safe open, one of the two robbers in his store fired a round that hit what looks to be his HTC EVO 3D instead of his midsection. Apparently he did not know he had been shot until the police arrived and he had complained of chest pains, further investigation showed his ruined phone. No clue if the phone actually saved his life, but it certainly increased his chances. Let’s hear it for the already-aging EVO taking a bullet for its owner, making sure they were served until the very end. RIP EVO.

Via: MyNews13

Cheers ArrowCool, WCM3, and James!

  • neil

    HTC should try building a phone with a kevlar housing. It would be awesome.

  • c4v3man

    The chance of your phone bursting into flames randomly is far greater than the chance of it stopping a bullet for you. I’m honestly shocked it didn’t burst into flames after it got shot, since it looks like the battery got hit.

    Remember, as per Warren vs DC, and several other supreme court cases, the police have no duty to protect you. That’s your responsibility… arm yourself in the way you choose, and respect other’s right to self defense.

    • alex drum

      phones don’t actually burst into flames :/ possibly melt, but not flames… every case where a phone has exploded/caught fire has been found to be bs/user error.

  • tasso

    I am glad I still have my EVO 3D, I can be safe now in any situation.

  • Droid 1967

    i bet that wasn’t really a robbery it was caused by rooting.

  • borgey

    must have been something slow like a .380 acp. my .40 s&w would toast that thing

  • Dave

    Good thing since 2D would have never blocked it.

  • Dave

    Good thing it wasn’t a Kevlar wrapped Droid, we would never hear the end of it in commercials.

  • Andy Stetson

    Next up, HTC giving the guy free [unlocked] phones for life 😉
    I’m sure he won’t say no, given the One’s metal body…

  • Liderc

    Hells yeah.

  • Michael Suriel

    I live in winter garden. I actually go to that gas station on my way home from work sometimes. This is shocking to say the least. Winter Garden is usually a peaceful little city :/

  • Bigwavedave25

    HA! (terrible the guy got shot) But didn’t the same thing happen to an owner of the OG Droid Incredible not long after release?? It’s a conspiracy…

  • Michael Hammond

    Android saves lives [this story]

    Apple kills [http://www.businessinsider.com/a-generic-iphone-charger-reportedly-shocked-a-woman-to-death-so-apple-is-selling-its-chargers-for-10-2013-8]

    • Chris

      I love it when kids are quck to blame platforms rather then an actual device. Lets grow up or ship out.

  • Alan Marchman

    If this guy was on Verizon they’d tell him he’d still have to pay his deductible to replace it.

    • Andy Stetson

      Was about to say that he’s lucky he’s with Sprint for that reason!

  • timej31

    I don’t know. What I get out of this is more questions. I would like to know the caliber of the gun used and the bullet weight and grain. I wouldn’t carry anything that couldn’t slice though that and into its intended target and drop them. This article is missing the info I’m most interested in reading.

  • enigmaco

    What do you know sprint is actually good for something. Glad the guy was ok

    • Chris

      are you that brain dead?

      • enigmaco

        Just joking about my dislike of sprint, and showing concern for the guy, your the one with the issue not me.

  • JeremyAn2

    On the other side of town, an iPhone jumped out of its owner’s pocket while he was held up, costing him his wallet and a fifth cracked screen replacement.

  • imronburgandy?

    I wonder how many iPhone owners would have jumped in front of their phones…

    • John Huie


    • Chris

      grow up

  • morgan boyle

    HTC should be sending him a new phone any minute now.

  • nooberrific

    I knew there was a reason why I kept going with my evo 3d

  • flosserelli

    The suspect wore a bright yellow traffic vest? Seriously? Who wears a bright yellow traffic vest during an armed robbery?

  • back view

    • JRUIV

      He’s lucky it hit the battery, otherwise he may have had a bunch of phone shrapnel in him

  • David Narada Brown

    Now thats what i call build quality!

  • Maximus

    The real question is….where was his phone to begin with? Even a 6 year old knows cell phones NEVER go in the shirt pocket.

    • Mobile Phones Fan

      Article cites police report saying the victim was ‘shot in the abdomen’, so it’s likely the phone was in his trousers’ front pocket. I’d wager he put it in there top-down.

    • Chris

      You do know you can be shot anywhere right?

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  • Rob

    So how long will it be until a body armor app is released?

  • Ryan

    I keep my phone in my front pocket. If that is where the robber was aiming and he didnt have his phone there it would have been a really bad day

  • Trent Callahan

    An iPhone would have let him die.

    • JRUIV

      did you come up with that all by yourself?

    • KOBALT

      Only because of the size, folks. It hit the edge of the HTC.

    • Chris

      right…… /s

      grow up

      • Trent Callahan

        Nice use of capitals. Oh, wait. By the way, your little “Reddit slash” isn’t needed, as this isn’t Reddit. That’s cuteeee.

  • RedXander

    Great. If someone tries to shoot me in the ass, I might be covered.

  • Chad

    Could be an interesting marketing strategy by HTC (emphasis on the build quality of their devices).

  • cns2007

    HTC stands for, Hidden Tactical Countermeasure

    Posted this on AndroidCentral an hour ago.

    • Bill Hill

      a Kojima production

  • Droid Ronin

    Now if he had an NVIDIA Shield, he’d still be able to use it after it takes a bullet!

  • Walter Partlo

    Gunshot victim is quoted as saying that the phone is still not worth it.

    • Chris

      Given its two years old, of course…

  • Eric

    Eric you should probably rename the article since you state in it you don’t actually know if it did save his life.

    • AndySamberg

      Isn’t that the point? Usually bullets kill you, bro.

      • mustbepbs

        *Depending on if they hit vital organs.

        • Eric

          Thank you!

  • Philip J. Fry

    I bet he’s already bought another one.

    • Daistaar

      That phone is almost 3 years old… That is however…. a close… “CALL”… hmm hmmm lol

      • begrudging upvote but up nonetheless!

  • Steve Ballmer

    That device was built like a brick and this proves it 😀

  • thecharrr

    The 3D may have sucked but it’s a fine phone when flashed with a custom ROM, the stock stuff sucked sooo much it wasn’t funny.

  • HTC

    Heroic Threat Countermeasure

    • michael arazan

      Handset Thwarts Criminals

      Best T-Mo ad ever, wonder if Bill Hader was involved with this

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    At least it was good for something….

  • dmagicp

    Thank God he had that phone in his shirt pocket. I would ask for that phone back after the investigation and frame it.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Yeah, a very nice life-saving keepsake. Damn. Awesome news story.

  • Ian

    I guess VZW and Moto are really onto something with the Kevlar, and here I thought it was just hype.

  • Matthew Rebmann

    What’d he shoot him with? A .22? I’m surprised that didn’t go through if it was anything bigger

    • JRUIV

      A revolver

      • Trent Callahan

        You’re slow.

        • JRUIV

          Your name is Trent

      • Wyatt Neal

        S&W makes .22 revolvers, definitely possible.

    • aBabyPenguin

      That’s what I was thinking. It was probably a ricochet.

    • Walter Partlo

      .22 is pretty fast, and might have went straight through. Lower velocity handgun rounds are easier to stop.

      • Matthew Rebmann

        I wasn’t aware of that fact! Thanks, Walt

      • Big_EZ

        Depends, there are more than 1 .22 caliber rounds. The main ones are .22 short, .22 LR (long rifle), and .22 magnum. The most popular is the LR.

    • Big_EZ

      Probably a .380 ACP

    • kixofmyg0t

      Something slow like a 45 ACP or 380 ACP.

      I shot a hard drive multiple times with my 45 and not one went through it. Shot another one with my 327 Federal Magnum and it went through like a hot knife through butter.

      • zurginator

        Yes but a HDD is a block of metal… This is glass and plastic.

        • kixofmyg0t

          I HDD is not a block of Metal, it’s far from it actually.

          • zurginator

            It’s an aluminum shell aroundaround multiple metal platters…. Effectively it’s armor. As it’s layered, it’s pretty much the perfect item for absorbing a bullet (wouldn’t dissipate the shock all that well though).

          • alex drum

            the battery is a much better piece of armor. ever hit a hard drive with a hammer? now try it with a battery. the battery will bend and get misshapen while the hard drive with shatter. also you don’t necessarily want supper rigid. take glass/plastic. glass can’t bend nearly as much as plastic… as im sure you have heard. when catching a bullet that is exactly what you want to do, catch it and give a little. when you shoot body armor you don’t hear *twang* and see the bullet fly off, the armor absorbs the impact.

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  • Razball

    Damn giving nokia a run for its money

  • TheRobotCow

    Now if that was a Samsung, it would have been a different story.

    • Razball

      insta k.o.

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    • R2deetard

      the phone would have jumped out of the way to save its self.

      • EvanTheGamer


      • Simon Belmont

        Using Samsung’s new software: S Jump.

        With S Jump enabled, your Samsung device will jump out of the way when it senses impending danger. It’s truly wonderful.

    • Stevedub40

      Or an iphone. Those things are so small that there isn’t enough surface area to cover the chest area.

    • Jeremy Gross

      the plastic would break through htc one would proboly deflect it lol

  • d-rock

    That phone was good for something afterall!

    • Simon Belmont

      I still love my EVO 3D, though it’s been retired from daily usage. Now that I know of its bullet deflecting capabilities, I’m thinking I’d better start carrying it in the breast pocket of my jacket.

      I think my G’Nex would probably have let the bullet through, sadly. Though, I still love you, oh trusty G’Nex.