State lawmakers have honored the two police officers credited with stopping the deadly attack inside an Elkhart Martin's in January and held a moment of silence for the two women who were killed.
Members of the Indiana House stood and applauded Wednesday morning after approving a resolution recognizing the bravery of Elkhart police Cpls. Jason Tripp and Cody Skipper. The two officers fatally shot the gunman inside a Martin's Super Market on Jan. 15 as he threatened to shoot a third person.
Tripp and Skipper attended the Statehouse ceremony along with relatives of the shooting victims, 20-year-old store employee Krystle Dikes and 44-year-old shopper Rachelle Godfread.
Rep. Timothy Neese of Elkhart told the House that more lives likely would've been lost without the quick action by the officers.
"This is every family's worst nightmare," said Rep. Neese. "These young women's lives were tragically cut short simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time; one was at work, and the other was shopping. The best we can do is honor the memories of these young women and rally behind their families during their time of grief in the way only Hoosiers could do."
Governor Pence also awarded the officers with Public Safety Awards in his office following the ceremony in the House chamber.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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