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Shots from Chattanooga Police Ended Last Week's Active Shooter Attack

July 20, 2015  | 

Dodging an onslaught of gunfire Thursday, Chattanooga police officers killed the shooter who gunned down four U.S. Marines and one sailor and the city's police chief believes their actions saved the lives of others, authorities said Friday.

"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Chattanooga police officers saved lives yesterday," Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher told the Tennessean Friday during a mid-afternoon news conference in Chattanooga in connection to the mass killing at a military reserve center on Thursday.

Fletcher said his officers — in an act he described as heroic — engaged the gunman "immediately, aggressively" with the sole intent that he harm as few people as possible.

Recounting the events, Fletcher said police officers initially engaged the shooter at the reserve, but he was a moving target and able to kill the four Marines. The military identified the victims as Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt of Burke, N.C.; Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan of Hampden, Mass.; Lance Cpl. Squire K Wells of Cobb, Ga., and Sgt. Carson Holmquist of Polk, Wis.

Immediately after the initial reports of gunfire, which broke out just after 10:45 a.m., officers began searching and located the gunman driving down the highway.

Fletcher said officers engaged with the shooter, who authorities identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tenn. When the suspected shooter hit an officer with a bullet, Chattanooga policemen dragged the wounded officer away and returned fire.

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Corporal James Barth @ 7/20/2015 8:55 PM

R.I.P. our military brothers. God bless you all and may God keep you in his loving care. Thank you for your service to our great nation. May God bless the Chattanooga Police Officer that was wounded as well. I'm keeping all of those wounded and killed in my thoughts and prayers.

db in AZ @ 7/20/2015 10:09 PM

Let's hope our Imperial leader in DC doesn't decide to disarm law enforcement next.
I am proud of our law enforcement officers, agents and personnel for stopping this ungrateful POS (which lived in our country so freely)...and my only hope is to Re-Arm our Military so they can also protect themselves and eliminate any further threats, foreign and domestic. Thanks again Blue!!!

S.S. @ 7/21/2015 9:54 AM

No DOUBT that these recruiters should have been armed!!!

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/21/2015 10:12 AM

Good job Tennessee Officers. The perp wounded one of yours and you took him out. My sincere condolences to the families of the soldiers killed and may God bless their families as well as all Officers and Soldiers who defend this great nation. Its woo bad that we don't have a commander in chief that feels thew same way. I too hope that he doesn't decide to disarm the officers and give them whistles instead.

Richard Powell @ 7/21/2015 1:30 PM

Garland led Tennessee follows. God bless our brave officers.
Stay safe. Remember your training.

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