Wednesday, December 12, 2007
There Are Still Brave Heroes Around
Matthew Murray entered the New Life Church in Colorado Springs this past Sunday loaded for bear.
"Murray was carrying two handguns, an assault rifle and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition, said Sgt. Jeff Johnson of the Colorado Springs Police Department."
An ex-police officer from Minneapolis, Jeanne Assam, was a volunteer security guard at the massive church. She was licensed in Colorado to carry a gun, and did so at the church during her security details. She would attend one service, then volunteer as security for other services after that.
It's a good thing she did.
The nutjob happened to enter the church near where Jeanne was located, and after initially hiding, until she saw what the situation was, she rose and confronted Murray, and shot and killed him.
"I saw him coming through the doors" and took cover, Assam said. "I came out of cover and identified myself and engaged him and took him down."
"God was with me," Assam said. "I didn't think for a minute to run away."
They estimate that there were 7,000 people at the church at that time.
There's no telling how many people's lives were saved by her quick actions.
Here's an article from a Denver ABC station.
Also, there has already been an autopsy on Murray, and they've determined that although Jeanne Assam shot him several times, his death was by his own hand. After she shot him down, he administered the killing shot himself.
He had apparently shot several people earlier at Youth With a Mission, and came to this church later.
Fortunately Miss Assam was there because two other security guards were there with guns drawn but wouldn't shoot, so Miss Assam yelled for him to surrender and walked toward Murray while he fired three times at her, missing. Her return fire hit Murray several times.