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    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_7686928


    COLORADO SPRINGS — Amid deafening cracks of gunfire, smoke-spewing canisters and the flight of thousands of New Life Church members, Jeanne Assam said God was with her when she shot the gunman and helped her prevent more lives from being lost.

    "I saw him, it seemed like the halls cleared out, and I saw him coming through the doors, and I took cover. And I waited for him to get closer. And I came out of cover. And I identified myself. And I engaged him and I took him down," the 42-year-old volunteer church security guard and former law officer said Monday at a news conference in the Colorado Springs police station. "I didn't think it was my sole responsibility. I didn't think about this. It was — it seemed like it was me,

    Assam, a member of New Life for only a few months, admitted she had been without sleep since Sunday's midday shootings at Colorado's largest church.

    The episode ended the lives of two teen sisters and the gunman, 24-year- old Matthew J. Murray, and left two injured.

    "I give the credit to God, and I mean that. I say that very humbly. God was with me, and the whole time I was behind cover — this has gotta be God — because of the firepower he had versus what I had was God," Assam said. "And I did not run away. I did not think for a minute to run away. I just knew that I was given the assignment to end this before it got too, too much worse. I just prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide me. I just said, 'Holy Spirit, be with me.' My hands weren't even shaking."

    Police declined to confirm Monday whether Assam's weapon, which she reportedly emptied in the exchange, inflicted Murray's fatal wound or whether the wound was self-inflicted.

    Police also wouldn't describe how close Assam had been to Murray or exactly where they were in New Life's long hallway.

    The church's senior pastor, Brady Boyd, said Assam was a real hero to him and to the whole church. He said she acted as his personal bodyguard.

    "We will be holding a funeral for two very precious young women who were shot and killed on our campus," Brady said. "Three people are needlessly dead, but many more lives could have been lost."

    Church spokesman Rob Brendle called Assam's clear-eyed, swift action the "good news" of that horrible day.

    "It was scary," Assam said at the news conference. "It was God. God was with me. And I asked him to be with me and he never left my side."

    Assam said she had drawn her weapon countless times in her prior law enforcement career, but she had never shot anyone until Sunday.

    "Honestly, I was very focused. And it was chaotic. It was so loud. I'll never forget. The gunshots were so loud. I was just focused. I just knew I was not going to wait for him to do any further damage. I just knew. I just knew what I was going to do," Assam said.

    Assam, single and without children, has been working three months for an educational ministry called Messengers International, run by John and Lisa Bevere in Colorado Springs.

    Assam said she had just ended a three-day fast Sunday. During the fasting she prayed and asked God to help her decide what to do with her future and whether she should work again in law enforcement.

    "I was weak," she said. "And where I was weak, God made me strong. He filled me and he guided me and he protected me and many other people. And I'm honored that God chose me. I'm very honored."

    She said she loves law enforcement, but she still doesn't have her answer about her future.

    "I'm going to continue to pray about it," Assam said.

    Sgt. Jess Garcia III, the public-information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, said Assam left his department in the late 1990s.

    He said that during her time there she worked in north Minneapolis, the busiest crime area of the city, as well as in downtown Minneapolis.

    "Some of the training she received here apparently helped her," Garcia said. "She did a great job."

    He said he knew her during her time in Minneapolis.

    "I thought she had a great personality and always got along with everybody," Garcia said.

  • #2
    Hero-to the right people

    There is a cop-hating group in Minneapolis that keeps a web site. Any citizen can all them
    http://www.charityadvantage.com/CUAP...plaintsA-F.asp

    Jeanne Assam is there
    http://www.charityadvantage.com/CUAPB/JeanneAssam.asp

    CASE NUMBER ALLEGATION(S) FINDING CHIEF^S ACTION


    93-0532 DISMISSED
    96-1026 DISMISSED
    97-1075 ONE ALLEGATION PROB CAUSE
    97-1075 DEROGATORY LANGUAGE SUSTAINED 24 HR SUSPENSION

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    • #3
      Originally posted by xraodcop View Post
      There is a cop-hating group in Minneapolis that keeps a web site. Any citizen can all them
      http://www.charityadvantage.com/CUAP...plaintsA-F.asp

      Jeanne Assam is there
      http://www.charityadvantage.com/CUAPB/JeanneAssam.asp

      CASE NUMBER ALLEGATION(S) FINDING CHIEF^S ACTION


      93-0532 DISMISSED
      96-1026 DISMISSED
      97-1075 ONE ALLEGATION PROB CAUSE
      97-1075 DEROGATORY LANGUAGE SUSTAINED 24 HR SUSPENSION
      Interesting because the 97 case was dismissed after a videotape surfaced that exonerated her. The way the department caved to these organizations is reportedly one of the reasons she left. Of course, truth isn't really the point for organizations like this.
      Originally posted by kontemplerande
      Without Germany, you would not have won World War 2.

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      • #4
        Kudos to Assam for keeping a cool head, and saving countless lives through her actions.

        I can't help but wonder how this would have played out in Virginia, since the law does not allow CCW permit holders to carry in church when a worship service is in progress.

        This is an excerpt from an email I got this morning from the VCDL:

        This is exactly what VCDL has been saying would happen if we get rid of gun free zones.

        Had that permit holder not been armed because she was in a gun-free
        zone, how many innocent, irreplaceable lives would have been lost?

        THIS is why we want to get rid of university gun bans.

        THIS is why we want to get rid of the restaurant concealed carry ban.

        THIS is why we want to get rid of the gun ban in the non-sterile area
        of airport terminals.

        THIS is why we want to get rid of the gun ban for concealed handgun
        permit holders on K-12 school property.
        I wholeheartedly agree.

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        • #5
          Did I hear correctly that she thought someone might try to attack the church so she stood guard in the Foyer all morning?
          "Friendly Fire, isn't"

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          • #6
            What's going to be lost in all of this, (anti-gunners etc) is the fact that an armed citizen, who knew what she was doing, no doubt saved countless lives as a result of her decisive action.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PhilipCal View Post
              What's going to be lost in all of this, (anti-gunners etc) is the fact that an armed citizen, who knew what she was doing, no doubt saved countless lives as a result of her decisive action.
              and this is why we don't need gun free zones. IF People dont know they can be taken out in the areas......
              ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
              Oscar Wilde

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                  VIDEO:
                  http://www.9news.com/video/player.aspx?aid=45268&bw=

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                  • #10
                    I just read that the gunman died of self-inflicted wounds, and that Assam had indeed been fired from the P.D.

                    See what else develops, and what is fact or fiction..
                    Retired

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                    • #11
                      READ POST #3 BELOW



                      Originally posted by retired View Post
                      I just read that the gunman died of self-inflicted wounds, and that Assam had indeed been fired from the P.D.

                      See what else develops, and what is fact or fiction..

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by retired View Post
                        I just read that the gunman died of self-inflicted wounds, and that Assam had indeed been fired from the P.D.

                        See what else develops, and what is fact or fiction..



                        COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The man who killed four people at a church and missionary training center died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound, police said Tuesday.
                        Matthew Murray, 24, was struck multiple times by a security officer at New Life Church Sunday but died after firing a single shot at himself, the El Paso County Coroner's Office concluded after an autopsy.


                        I think when you shoot an attacker who has already killed a couple of people and who had plenty of ammunition to kill more, it doesn't really matter that much that he shoots himself after you have shot him. The important thing was that she stopped him from killing other people. I don't see how anyone can deny that.

                        As for her being fired, you are the first person I have heard to claim that. I read an article posted on another board by another officer from her old department who praised her work there.

                        We do love to take people down a notch, though, don't we? No heroes allowed.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PhilipCal View Post
                          an armed citizen, who knew what she was doing, no doubt saved countless lives as a result of her decisive action.
                          and don't let anyone forget it!
                          "Friendly Fire, isn't"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by exdrip View Post
                            Did I hear correctly that she thought someone might try to attack the church so she stood guard in the Foyer all morning?
                            She was one of several volunteers who provide a measure of security for the church.

                            http://tinyurl.com/3yasdm

                            One year ago, the church was engulfed in its first national crisis,
                            when pastor Ted Haggard resigned from the pulpit after admitting to a
                            sex scandal.

                            Overseer Larry Stockstill, who flew in from Louisiana, said he was at
                            the hospital praying with the Works family when the second Works girl
                            died.

                            Stockstill said because of Haggard's high profile the church had put
                            in a security plan long ago. Ware said that his church, too — as well
                            as many churches — have plainclothes worshipers who are armed and
                            ready to step in.

                            "They worship and watch," Ware said.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by xraodcop View Post
                              Where can I get a poster-sized version of that?

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