Hit by an arrow, mobile phone dies saving Australian man

iPhone shields Australian man from bow and arrow attack

The incident began when the attacker, carrying a bow and arrow, confronted the man outside his house, police said.

NSW Police said the confrontation happened on Wednesday when the 43-year-old man got out of his vehicle in the driveway of his home in Nimbin, in the north of the state.

The arrow was allegedly fired after the resident raised his phone to photograph the confrontation - only for the device to become an unlikely shield.

As the resident got out of his auto he raised his phone to take a picture of the armed man, 39.

He suffered only minor injuries that did not require medical treatment.

The man's damaged phone seen with an arrow through

The 43-year old man had returned on Wednesday to find the man, who was known to him, waiting outside his home in Nimbin, a small east coast town around 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of Brisbane.

Police were called to the scene and arrested the alleged attacker.

A 39-year-old man was taken to the Nimbin Police Station, where he was charged with armed with intent to commit an indictable offense, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and malicious damage, according to the police statement.

He was released on conditional bail and will face court on April 15.

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