A gunman rushed the stage and attempted to assassinate the leader of Bulgaria's Turkish ethnic party at a LIVE televised conference on Saturday.
Incredibly, his gun appeared to misfire, giving Ahmed Dogan enough time to bat away the gunman's arm before he was assisted by security guards.
The leader of Bulgaria’s Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) party was assaulted by a gunman while on stage at the National Palace of Culture (NDK) in Sofia.
The assailant, 25-year-old Oktai Enimehmedov, climbed onstage and held a gun to Dogan's head, but the gun reportedly got stuck and was unable to shoot.
Dogan and the gunman wrestled on stage before security raced to apprehend the assailant, amid loud boos from the crowd, according to The Sun.
Enimehmedov was also then beaten by delegates and other officials in the crowd, according to Noinite, a news agency in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital.
"He was not in good shape, there was blood on his face," said Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov.
"He told us his version about what motivated him, but I will not discuss it at this point."
Along with the pistol, Enimehmedov was also armed with two knives. He has two prior convictions, for causing bodily harm in 2006 and drug possession in 2010.