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NRA Names Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Sgt. Mathew Cousins of the Bristol, Tenn., Police Department was honored for his actions under duress that prevented an ambush on his fellow officers, receiving the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox at the ILA Leadership Forum May 4 in Dallas during the NRA’s Annual Meetings & Exhibits.

On the morning of July 7, 2016, Cousins and other officers were alerted to a report of gunshots being fired on passing cars near a Days Inn motel in Bristol. One woman had been shot and killed, while another was injured.

Upon arriving, Cousins discovered spent .223 Rem. Shell casings on the ground and realized that the culprit likely was armed with a rifle.

“Sgt. Cousins alerted his fellow officers to the situation and ran back to his vehicle to get his patrol rifle. After an intense gun fight, he downed the suspect and took him into custody,” Cox told the crowd. “Sgt Cousins’ quick observation of the rifle casing, as well as his courage and advancing on the shooter, even in the face of significant incoming fire, brought a swift end to the conflict and undoubtedly prevented more injuries and deaths.”

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