Crystal Griner, Capitol Police Hero

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Crystal Griner is widely credited as one of the two heroic Capitol Police officers who saved many lives at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Described as a “woman to be reckoned with,” Griner played college basketball for Maryland’s Hood College. She was one of those assigned to protect lawmakers and staffers gathered in the park on the morning of June 14.


James Hodgkinson, a disgruntled resident from Belleville Illinois, started shooting at the Republican Congressmen present to practice for an annual charity baseball game against House Democrats. Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise  was shot in the hip and underwent surgery. Griner was shot in the ankle, and fellow Capitol Police officer David Bailey was injured during the shooting. Other shooting victims include Zach Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.) and Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods.


Shortly after the shooting, House Speaker Paul Ryan, said, “We are united in our shock, united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” Ryan expressed “profound gratitude” for the officers’ heroism.

“Had they not been there, it would have been a massacre,” U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), said to MSNBC.

Other lawmakers present that day also personally thanked the officers.

According to CNN, Griner also got flowers and a visit from President Donald Trump while recovering in the hospital.

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