A U.S. Capitol Police officer is being honored by a national law-enforcement nonprofit for risking his life to protect his mother and others during a shootout in a day care center parking lot.
Officer Eddie R. Thornton received the December officer of the month award from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. He is the first Capitol Police officer to receive the award.
Thornton went to visit his mother at the day care center she owned on the 8500 block of Greenbelt Road on July 16, 2009. She was waiting for him in the parking lot.
After Thornton arrived at the lot, a man opened fire.
Thornton told his mother and others to take cover, and he engaged in a shootout with the man.
Thornton was struck in the lower back, and a 12-year-old girl inside an area apartment building was hit by a stray bullet.
The gunman, Badara Samb, was also hit in the upper body.
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