You have to wonder if it was Detective Tom Hellers guardian angel who put his finger in the barrel of the shotgun that misfired outside of a court in Montmorency County a couple of weeks ago.
Heller had a .20 gauge shotgun fired at his chest at point-blank range, and it failed to go off.
Dont know if anyone heard the flutter of wings when the gun failed to fire, but it wouldnt surprise me.
The Grand Traverse County detective was chasing Robert Becker, who had just been convicted of first-degree criminal sexual charges for molesting a 14-year-old boy. Upon hearing the jurys verdict, Becker bolted from the courthouse and ran to his car with Heller and a sheriffs deputy on his heels. Becker pulled a loaded shotgun from his car and fired at the detective, who wasnt wearing his bullet-proof vest.
Its easy to snicker at the idea of a guardian angel, but this case sure offers some food for thought. Many religions believe in some sort of protective angel, hovering around in the background like Invisible Woman Sue Storm of the Fantastic Four, ready to warn you away from the tainted chicken salad or the car flying through a red light.
Guardian angels are said to be especially attentive to children, keeping them from falling backwards down the steps and such. And some religions believe that the ghosts of ancestors step in from time to time to lend a protective hand. Or, as noted in the Encyclopedia Brittanica: other spiritual beings that have been placated by sacrifices or other rituals, assist man in achieving a proper rapport with God...
Of course, you only have to look in the weekly News of the Weird column in the Express to note that a lot of guardian angels must be sleeping on the job, if they really do exist. But in Det. Hellers case, there is reason to believe that his supernatural sidekick deserves a departmental citation.