Saved by the belt: gunshot victim's injuries are minor, thanks to buckle


Batman used his utility belt to escape from many a close call. For a Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, man it was just a regular old belt – specifically the buckle – that may have saved his life.

The Fond du Lac Reporter has the story of a weekend altercation that led to four shots being fired. The newspaper reports a 30-year-old man was hit ... in the belt buckle, which stopped the bullet from causing any serious injury.

Police arrested two suspects; one was subsequently released while the other remains in custody, according to the Reporter.

The story is reminiscent of an incident last spring in Philadelphia in which a man making a delivery at a store was hit by stray gunfire. In that case the bullet lodged in the man's belt buckle.

As for the Caped Crusader, the yellow utility belt didn't look like much ...

But it held an amazing array of items that came in handy for the superhero and the good people of Gotham City.

Next Up


Child hospitalized after drowning in Ham Like

Their current condition is not known.


Man dies after falling from pontoon, being swept under boat

Friends believe he struck the motor while under the boat.


Man drowns in St. Croix River at William O'Brien State Park

It's not clear what caused the 46-year-old to go under.


Man, 66, dies after his ATV was hit by a minivan on highway

It happened in Renville County Friday evening.

Screen Shot 2021-06-12 at 10.09.06 AM

Rochester suddenly shuts down recently opened parking ramp

Original plans for the parking lot included housing above it, but issues with construction prevented it from being built.

Mudcat Grant

Former Twins pitcher Jim "Mudcat" Grant dies at 85

Grant was a critical piece of the 1965 AL Championship team but did much more.

sprinkler water

Lake Elmo among latest MN cities to implement outdoor watering ban

The ban prohibits automatic or mechanical watering outdoors in an effort to conserve water during the period of extreme heat.

LRT trail in Hopkins.

Police: Suspect assaulted woman on LRT trail in Hopkins

They're asking for the public's help tracking him down.


U study: Seat belt law is saving lives, reducing injuries

The state's primary seat belt law allows officers to ticket drivers who are not wearing safety belts even if no other laws were broken. A study from the University of Minnesota says the law has saved 68 lives since it went into effect in the summer of 2009.