Apparently there's more to gold grills than just glitter and fashion statements. Reports from a New Orleans news source indicate the gleaming dental apparatus saved a man's life by deflecting a .22 gunshot to the mouth.
According to information from the Uptown Messenger, an online news source covering parts of urban New Orleans, Walter Davis was shot in the mouth during a February 7 argument. The Uptown Messenger reported the shots were allegedly fired by younger brother Waltdell Davis in a struggle that ensued after finding Walter and a girlfriend smoking his marijuana.
Despite allegations of a gun being fired in his direction, the elder Davis brother is good as gold, reports said, as the bullet apparently bounced off his gold tooth, only causing minor injury to his gums and a superficial cut to his face.
Things aren't as bright for the younger Davis brother, with reports that he is facing several criminal charges stemming from the incident, including aggravated battery, parole violation and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Walter Davis declined to press charges against his brother.
Walter Davis truly had golden luck. Despite the claims, a few others have literally dodged bullets.
Joshua Smith, a police officer from Oakland, Tenn., made national headlines in 2009 when his badge allegedly deflected a bullet during a traffic stop gone awry. Though he was praised as a hero after the incident, local reports from the Commercial Appeal said many people doubted the veracity of his claims.
These doubts lead up to a multi-level investigation involving local, state and federal authorities. According to reports, Smith is no longer on the job.