Gold tooth blocks bullet

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NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- New Orleans police said a man who was shot by his brother was spared serious injury or death when the bullet bounced off his gold tooth.

Police said Waltdell Davis, 20, used a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver to shoot his brother, Walter Davis, 22, after an argument about Walter smoking his younger brother's marijuana, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.


Walter was struck in the upper lip and doctors at Interim Louisiana State University Public Hospital said all they found was a bullet fragment near his left nostril. Paramedics said the victim told them the bullet ricocheted off his gold tooth.

Walter Davis told police he did not want to press charges against his brother, but Waltdell Davis, who was on probation at the time for possession of anxiety drug alprazolam, was picked up on a probation violation. Police said he admitted to the shooting and was charged with aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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