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NYPD cop who stuck finger in goon’s gun says he’s lucky to be alive

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Barry Paddock, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

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The police sergeant who saved himself from being shot by jamming his finger in a goon's gun said Sunday that he felt lucky to be alive.

"The fight had gone on for too long," Sgt. Michael Miller told The Associated Press, recalling his struggle with the man who had a .38 caliber revolver pressed against Miller's abdomen. "Even 30 seconds is too long."

Miller and his partner were patting down a man they pulled over in a speeding car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, about 4 a.m. Saturday when Miller felt a gun in the man's pants.

The suspect whipped out his gun as Miller was attempting to handcuff him.

Miller wedged his finger between the hammer and cylinder as the gunman tried to fire the loaded weapon.

Miller said he felt "a real sharp burning pain" in his finger. The bone in his finger split at the tip, doctors later told him.

"Your adrenaline is eating away your energy," Miller told the AP. "I felt like I ran a mile. It was then I realized the enormity of what had happened."

Eugene Graves, 30, was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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