Portraits emerge of officers hailed as heroes at shooting

Portraits emerge of officers hailed as heroes at shooting

Portraits emerge of officers hailed as heroes at shooting

The officers were the security accompanying Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, and other Members who were practicing at 7 a.m. for the annual Congressional baseball game scheduled for Thursday.

President Trump and First Lady Melania visited the officers injured during the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice this week and thanked them for their heroism.

Griner and Special Agent David Bailey engaged the gunman and shot him dead.

"The courageous actions of Crystal Griner and David Bailey saved lives and prevented an even greater tragedy and the American people are grateful for these police officers", Pence said. Both also said he adored his mother, whom he helped care for after a recent surgery, according to Adams Jones. "It is clear to me based on various eyewitness accounts that without these two heroes, Agent Bailey and Agent Griner, many lives would have been lost".

"Their response quickly contained what could have become a deadly situation and saved any lives today", the Capitol Police Board said in a statement.

Special Agents Crystal Griner, David Bailey and Henry Cabrera were on the scene when James T. Hodgkinson opened fire.

"These folks are heroes", said Tennessee Rep.

"These guys were real heroes and I think without them everybody probably would have been killed", Paul said.

"I've been in regular contact with some of Matt's family members and look forward to visiting Matt".

"After the first shot, then there was a rapid succession of shots, five or 10 shots", said Paul, who was in a right field batting cage when shots first rang out. "After several shots, Scalise's personal security detail returned fire". Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, sought safety. You're not on Facebook, Crystal, but I'm honored to know you.

Bailey has worked as a Capitol police officer for more than nine years, according to his LinkedIn page.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) choked up while crediting Griner and Bailey for preventing the deaths of the 25 representatives on the field and the 15 staff who joined them.

No one could have suspected a shooting take place in the early morning hours in a suburban D.C. neighborhood not known for violence, members said.

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