A Louisiana man claims that his cell phone saved his life.

A stray .45-caliber bullet struck R.J. Richard's chest while he was mowing the lawn — hitting so hard he thought it was a stone shooting out of his tractor.

He pulled out the phone. It fell apart.

The 68-year-old man escaped with only bruises. He said that doctors told him two things prevented a more serious injury and possibly even death: the phone, and the fact that the bullet came in at an angle rather than head-on.

Richard said he believes God told him to put the phone in his overalls chest pocket rather than in his pants pocket as usual. Saturday's incident increased his faith, he said.

Richard thinks the bullet was probably fired by a hunter in the woods near his 5-acre property.