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The State

The life of a Marysville police officer was saved by a breast pocket lipstick case that kept a gunman’s bullet from striking her heart. Detective Gary Cummings said the case deflected a .22-caliber bullet fired at point-blank range at Officer Cheryl Cline as she questioned a young man for loitering at a construction site. She was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and shock, then released. The gunman, about 17, escaped. Cummings said the youth fired the automatic pistol, which apparently was concealed in his wallet pocket, so close to the officer that it left powder burns on her uniform.


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