2 arrested after shooting each other while wearing bulletproof vest

Charles Ferris left and Christopher Hicks

Charles Ferris left and Christopher Hicks

Case in point, two men were arrested after they admitted to taking turns shooting each other while wearing a bulletproof vest last weekend.

Charles Eugene Ferris, 50, was on the back deck of his Arkansas home in the USA having a few drinks with his neighbour Christopher Hicks on Sunday afternoon, according to a Benton County police report.

Ferris said he wanted Hicks to shoot him with the vest on, and Hicks complied by shooting Ferris "in the chest one time with a.22 caliber semi-automatic rifle", according to an affidavit filed by the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

The bullet hit Ferris in the upper chest, but didn't penetrate the vest, the Democrat-Gazette reported.

But officials say Ferris went from looking like 007 to just looking like a zero when his wife showed up at the hospital and spilled the beans: Ferris and Hicks shot each other while drinking on the back porch of their home.

Court records don't list an attorney who could speak on behalf of either man.

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When interviewed by deputies, Ferris initially claimed that he was paid $200 to protect an 'asset, ' and that he was shot six times guarding his charge from a man in a white suit at Hobbs State Park at around 10pm, reported 5 News Online. The truth is, Ferris and his 36-year-old neighbor Hicks had spent the entire night "deck drinking".

But his wife arrived at the hospital and told cops about the men's dare while drinking, according to the report.

Ferris then reportedly recanted his far-fetched story and told authorities he lied to protect Hicks from getting in trouble.

Ferris took off the vest, and Hicks put it on.

Ferris and Hicks were released from jail on Tuesday after posting $5,000 bond each. A judge also issued a non-contact order to keep the duo apart.

These days dramatic demonstrations of bulletproof vests can be found on YouTube as inventors allow themselves to be shot wearing their protective gear.

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