Police say wedding band deflected bullet

Published 12:43 am Monday, December 3, 2007

JACKSON (AP) — Donnie Register has a new reason to be thankful he’s married — police say his wedding band deflected a bullet and probably saved his life.

The Jackson shop owner threw up his left hand when a man shot at him during a robbery on Saturday at The Antique Market.

Police said the wedding band deflected the bullet, but Register’s wife said she gives ‘‘God all the credit.’’

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Jackson police spokesman Sgt. Jeffery Scott said two men walked into the store and asked to see a coin collection. When Register retrieved the collection, one of the men pulled a gun and demanded money.

At some point in the robbery a shot was fired.

‘‘The bullet managed to go through two of his fingers without severing the bone. A part of the bullet broke off and is in his middle finger. The other part is in his neck, lodged in the muscle tissue. But it’s not life-threatening,’’ said his wife, Darlene Register.

Police were searching for the suspects.

Register and his wife told police they had seen one of robbers before.

‘‘One of those men had been in the shop previously a time or two,’’ Darlene Register said. ‘‘They probably had cased the shop.’’

Scott said ‘‘the suspects stole a substantial amount of cash.’’