Heroic officer in Alexandria shooting is tied to the Baltimore region


ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WBFF) -- While Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner recovers from injuries sustained during Wednesday's shootout in Alexandria, Va., those in Ellicott City remember her for her unselfish acts as a high school student at Mount Hebron High School

"The biggest thing about her is always thought about everyone else, even in the most difficult times," Griner's former basketball coach Scott Robinson said. "She's shot in the ankle. She's in incredible pain--she's bleeding--and, instead of thinking of herself, she thought of the congressmen and put her life on the line. Crystal is a hero."

Officers Griner and David Bailey were each injured by a gunman after he opened fire on a Republican baseball practice Wednesday morning. The officers exchanged fire with him.

"We saw why Americans should be grateful every day for law enforcement officers around this country, Rep. Roger Williams said.

Griner attended Hood College in Frederick, where she also played basketball. She was last listed in "Good" condition at a Washington, DC hospital.

"It is clear to me based on various eyewitness accounts that without these two heroes Agent Bailey and Agent Griner many lives would have been lost," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday.

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