A quick-thinking, and, agile-fingered NYPD sergeant saved his own life Monday when he stopped a murderous felon from shooting him in the stomach. Sgt. Michael Miller accomplished this feat by jamming his right ring finger in between the Taurus .38 revolver's hammer and cylinder, making it impossible for the armed assailant, Eugene Graves, to shoot. According to The New York Post, Graves tried to pull the trigger so many times, he broke Miller's finger. Fortunately, that was the worst of the damage.
The Post reports:
Sgt. Michael Miller and Officer William Reddin were on patrol when they noticed a livery cab speeding eastbound on Quincy Street near Malcolm X Boulevard at about 4 a.m. today. The plainclothes cops pulled the beige Lincoln Towncar over, but when they walked up displaying their shields they noticed that one of the passengers in the back seat, Eugene Graves, was making suspicious movements near his waistband.
After the cops told the passengers to get out of the car, Miller, a 13-year-veteran, reached toward a bulge at Graves’ waist and felt the gun underneath his clothes.
“He told him to put his hands behind him, and that’s when he started to fight,” said a police source.
Reddin called for backup as he rushed to help Miller. The Post adds:
Graves managed to press his Taurus .38 revolver into Miller’s stomach, but Miller grabbed hold of the gun, wedging his right ring finger between the gun’s hammer and cylinder, before the murderous Graves could fire a shot.
Police officers arrived within moments and helped to subdue the still-struggling Graves, who was also reportedly in possession of approximately 2 ounces of crack cocaine.