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Texas congressman and aide honored in baseball field shooting

Nov 9, 2017
In The News

WASHINGTON – Texas U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R–Austin, coach of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team, and his legislative assistant, Zack Barth of Houston, received a Medal of Merit Thursday from the U.S. Capitol Police in connection with the June 14 shooting at a team practice in suburban Virginia.

"None of us will ever forget, and in that moment, we became bonded as brothers for a lifetime," said Williams, who was injured in the scramble to get away from the gunman. "However, without the brave heroism from USCP Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and Alexandria Police Department Officers Nicole Battaglia, Alexander Jensen and Kevin Jobe, I probably would not be here today to accept this award."

Said Barth: "The Lord was with all of us on June 14th and I am blessed to be alive."


Among four people who were shot that day was U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican House majority whip.

Law enforcement authorities identified the gunman was as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Ill., a suburb of St. Louis, who was allegedly distraught over President Donald Trump's election. He was killed at the scene in a shootout with police.