Australian man blocks arrow with mobile phone

Mobile phones can really save lives, especially, it seems, when an arrow is being thrown at you.

That was the case of a 43-year-old man in Australia who was attacked by another man, according to police.

The incident began when the attacker, who carried a bow and arrow, confronted the man outside his home, police said.

The arrow was fired after the resident raised his phone to photograph the confrontation, only to make the device an unlikely shield.

Police said the arrow pierced the victim’s phone and hit him in the face. He suffered a small cut but otherwise was unharmed.

Police said the incident occurred in the city of Nimbin, New South Wales, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) south of Brisbane on Wednesday.

The couple knew each other, said the police. They did not give more details.

The 39-year-old man was charged with assault and property damage, and will face a court next month.