NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of firing a bullet that barely missed a New York City police officer’s gut and instead was deflected by a gun belt faces a charge of attempted murder.

Luis Martinez was held in custody after his arraignment Sunday on charges he shot at police officers on Feb. 27 in lower Manhattan.

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Martinez’ court-appointed attorney didn’t immediately return a message requesting comment.

The 25-year-old man is accused of opening fire on two police officers after leading them on a chase. One round was deflected by police Officer Thomas Richards’ spare ammunition magazine on his gun belt.

Authorities say Richards and another officer, Thomas Dunne, returned fire.

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Martinez was struck in the leg.

The officer was treated and released from a hospital. Martinez was sent to Bellevue Hospital.

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