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IN JAW BY NEW 'KILLER' BULLETi CLAYTON (AP) - Less than a week after" Clayton police began using a special bullet designed to kill anyone it strikes, an officer was shot in the jaw with his own gun - and lived. - Patrolman Roger Scott, 23. was reported in stable condition in the intensive-care unit of a local hospital. He was shot in the jaw early Sunday after a scuffle with a nude man who had been wandering near a church, police said. Police said the assailant, identified as Richard Lane, 30, of Clayton, wrestled Scott's gun away but moments later was shot and killed by a police officer from nearby Concord, where the force uses traditional bullets. The bullet used by the Clayton force is the "Glaser Safety Slug." Once it enters the body, the slug's nose shatters and spews hundreds .of tiny fragments in a cone-shaped pattern. M a n u f a c t u r e r Jack Canon claims .death is a vitual certainty unless the slug hits an arm or leg. But a nurse at Mt. Diablo Hospital here said Scott would probably survive. Police Chief Billy Lorimor said the shattering bullet saved Scott's life. Â·Â· ' "If this had been his old .357 magnum,, the trajectory would have sent the bullet into his neck or throat and he would have died. It saved his life," Lorimor said. the shooting occured at about 3:30 a.m. when Scott "responded to a prowler call at St. John's Episcopal Church in Clayton, according to ' Lt. Peter Robertshaw of the Contra Costa County sheriff's department. Scott was found wounded at the scene when officers from the Calif o r n i a Highway Patrol, Contra Costa County sheriff's department and the Clayton and Concord police departments arrived, Robertshaw, . t said. Â· Robertshaw said the dead man Â·, "appeared to be mentally disturbed." He was reported killed by a' single bullet fired by Sgt James Webster of Concord.