Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined Austin Police Chief Brian Manley and Mayor Steve Adler at the Austin Police Department headquarters to present Officer Carlos Lopez with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery.
Officer Lopez earned the Award for his response to an active shooter at the Omni Hotel downtown Austin in July 2015. The gunman, Michael Holt, had shot and killed an innocent bystander when Officer Lopez arrived on the scene. Holt opened fire at Officer Lopez, who returned fire and fatally wounded Holt, ending the threat.
The Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery was created by Congress in 2008 with the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act to honor those who have shown exceptional bravery in the line of duty.
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