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Second officer in Chicago hospital shooting saved from bullet by holstered gun

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A Chicago Police officer involved in the Monday shooting at the Windy City’s Mercy Hospital was spared a horrific -and possibly life-threatening injury- after his issued sidearm stopped a bullet.

In what might be free advertising for Smith & Wesson, WGN news anchor Ben Bradley showed America just how close a call it was for the officer involved in the incident, posting photos of a bullet lodged into the slide and receiver of the M&P series duty pistol.

“A second Chicago cop was shot but not injured during today’s Mercy Hospital shooting,” he wrote on Twitter. “Look closely, you’ll see where bullet hit the officer’s holster and gun.”

The shooting took place in the hospital’s parking lot on Monday afternoon, after 32-year-old Juan Lopez attacked his ex-lover, Dr. Tamara O’Neal for not returning his engagement ring.

WGN reported that another officer -CPD Officer Samuel Jimenez- was killed in the shootout after the gunman took cover inside of the hospital. Another individual, identified as Dr. Dayna Less, was killed while trying to escape.

Lopez was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head, and it is currently believed that he took his own life.

The M&P series of pistols have been on the US market since 2005, and are in service with several law enforcement agencies across the US.

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