Jeanne Assam's Performance in Colorado Church Shooting: MERGED
Like many of you, I've been tracking various media about Jeanne Assam, 42, the female volunteer security guard who repeatedly shot Matthew J. Murray, 24 as Murray had opened fire on the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO.
According to one media source...
"Armed with a handgun, she calmly confronted Matthew J. Murray, 24, who was armed with an assault rifle, two handguns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition, police said."
More details from another church security guard and eyewitness here:
A YOUTUBE video of Jeanne Assam's press conference remarks is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZoU8cUT5qQ
Police haven't released many forensic details about the shooting, except today police determined that Murray died of a self-inflicted wound, after having been shot by Jeanne Assam several times. It appears that Jeanne Assam stopped, but did not ultimately kill, the attacker.
I believe this case will definitely be the source of much discussion, including forensic analysis. I can't wait for Massad Ayoob and Martin Fackler to weigh in. :)
On that note, I cannot find any details about...
1) The kind of handgun Jeanne Assam used
2) The caliber of the handgun she used
3) How many shots/hits she got off (facing fire, remember).
Regardless, Jeanne Assam's performance is a testament to the power to save lives using a concealed weapon. If ever there was an example of "God, Guns, and Guts" in the face of terrible odds, its the heroine Jeanne Assam.
About Jeanne Assam: An Ex Cop Who Worked in Minneapolis MN PD
Originally Posted by golfer
"Assam said she had drawn her weapon countless times in her prior law enforcement career, but she had never shot anyone until Sunday... Sgt. Jess Garcia III, the public-information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, said Assam left his police department in the late 1990s. He said 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. "
Note that the mainstream media is spinning Jeanne Assam as a "security guard". Other reports say "volunteer security for New Life Church".
My take: She's a concealed weapons permit holder with cop training who was in the wrong place at the right time... for the 7000 people who were inside New Life Church when Murray attacked.
The mainstream media isn't going to stand idly by without slinging some mud on her. I suspect we'll have some focus on why she left Minneapolis PD, etc.
Regardless, Jeanne Assam is a female, an armed citizen, and a bona fide hero.
PS: She's also single! Rowr! :)