A Covington-area man says his cell phone saved his life.

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

He pulled out the phone. It fell apart.

The 68-year-old man was bruised. He says doctors tell him two things prevented worse injury, maybe even death: the phone, and the fact that the bullet came in at an angle rather than head-on.

Reports of pocket Bibles saving their owners' lives pop up every so often. Richard says he's sure that God told him to put the phone in his overalls chest pocket rather than a pants pocket as usual. He says that Saturday's incident increased his faith.

He figures the bullet was fired by a hunter in woods near his 5-acre property.