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    HPD officer receives Medal of Valor for stopping gunman

    HPD officer receives Medal of Valor for stopping gunman
    By PEGGY O'HARE Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
    Nov. 17, 2009, 9:02PM

    Houston police officer Mike Glover knew he had to act quickly when he saw a gunman standing in the middle of Bellfort Street, firing at cars driving toward the armed man in the dark.

    With no backup to support him, Glover leaped from his patrol car as unsuspecting drivers kept approaching the gunman. When the gunman shot at one motorist, pointed his gun at another, then turned toward the officer, Glover shot him dead.

    On Tuesday, Glover, a two-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, was awarded the Medal of Valor by Police Chief Harold Hurtt, who hung the award on a blue ribbon around Glover's neck, then shook his hand. The medal — awarded for voluntary acts of gallantry and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty — is the most prestigious honor an officer can receive from the department.
    ‘Goes along with the job'

    Yet, Glover, 31, accepted the recognition humbly and downplayed his heroism that possibly saved lives that night.

    “I just did what any other officer would have done in that situation,” said Glover, who is assigned to HPD's Southeast Patrol Division. “To be perfectly honest, I feel like that just goes along with the job. That's one of the ultimate things we have to do as a police officer.”

    Glover was the only officer to receive a Medal of Valor at HPD's Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, where 191 recipients were honored for their actions and contributions to the police department.

    The gunman killed by Glover — identified as 24-year-old Ruben Gallegos — went on his rampage on Nov. 2, 2008, after he was denied entry to Susana's Place, an after-hours club at 7614 Pecan Villas near Telephone Road.

    Gallegos then went to his car, grabbed a gun and went back into the club, where he shot a security guard in the hand and the foot, Glover said.

    Gallegos then ran on foot down the 7500 block of Bellfort in the middle of two lanes of traffic, shooting at vehicles driving toward him, police reports show.

    Glover was sitting at a red light in his patrol car when a woman waved him down, screaming in Spanish, pointing behind him.

    When Glover rolled down his window, he heard the gunshots.

    Glover turned his patrol car around and saw Gallegos running toward oncoming traffic. As Glover pulled his police car up next to Gallegos, the gunman raised a chrome pistol at a car driving toward him. Gallegos fired two rounds at that car, the officer said.

    The officer then jumped out of his car and drew his gun, but Gallegos raised his pistol at another vehicle approaching on Bellfort, then turned toward the officer. Glover then shot him twice, one in the back and another time in the buttocks.
    No motorists injured

    In all, Gallegos shot three or four cars through the windshields, but none of the bullets struck the occupants. One of the motorists Gallegos fired on was an off-duty police officer riding with her father, Glover said.

    Glover, who grew up in League City, attended the awards ceremony with his parents, sister and daughter.

    HPD called Glover's actions that night an “extraordinary act of bravery and selfless effort to protect the community.”

    Hurtt told the audience the awards ceremony intended to “recognize the best of the best in law enforcement, as well as of our citizens.” But he added the stories told at the ceremony were “just a sampling of the countless, commendable actions by the men and women of this department and the citizens of Houston. There's good work done every day.”

    peggy.ohare@chron.com

    HPD officer receives Medal of Valor for stopping gunman | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

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    Good thing the officer was a good shot!!!

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    Excellent shot!
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    He done a Great JOB !!

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    You know, someone somewhere has to be whining about him getting an award for shooting a guy in the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcp1810 View Post
    You know, someone somewhere has to be whining about him getting an award for shooting a guy in the back.
    I say let them have some cheese to go along with the whine; Officer Glover did a superb job of stopping the threat.
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    Good Job.

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    Thank you.
    I observed two things.

    1. Was Ruben Gallegos an illegal? If so, he should not have been here .
    denied entry to Susana's Place, an after-hours club at 7614 Pecan Villas
    Not exactly a choir boy.

    2. Shooting someone in the back is not always a bad thing.

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    Bellfort and Telephone road is not a good place to be in Houston.

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    Think what this BG would have done if he had got into the club.

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    That's a new kinda double-tap...one in the back, one in the butt...
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    Shooting someone in the back to protect other innocent people is Okay in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futuretech View Post
    Shooting someone in the back to protect other innocent people is Okay in my book.
    +1 Yup!
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