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16 June 2017

They're tasked with protecting the members, employees, visitors and facilities of Congress, according to their website.

"Many lives would have been lost, if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault", Trump said, later adding that the officers' sacrifice "makes democracy possible".

Injured Capitol Hill Police officer David Bailey threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Congressional baseball game Thursday night.

Bailey was not shot but was treated for a minor injury and has been released from a hospital. "Had he not been, his detail wouldn't have been there", Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice.

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"If they wouldn't have been there, this would have been a massacre of innocent people", Rep. Rodney Davis of IL told CNN. "There would have been no stopping this guy", Sen.

At the same time, Brooks said he and others near the infield dove into the first-base dugout to hide from the shots. "As members of Congress, we are not Democrats and Republicans today; we are simply public servants".

Several Congress members declined to provide details on how broad the security detail is, citing security concerns. "If you don't have a leadership person there there would have been no security there". Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV. 217 Republican members of the House voted for the American Health Care Act, which repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act. "I am also grateful to the Capitol Police".

"I was looking right at him", Bishop told Detroit radio station WWJ. I look up and there's a man with a gun.

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Still, Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., who has a permit in his home state, said, "It's going to be in my pocket from this day forward".

The shooting occurred at a popular park and baseball complex in Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, where Republican lawmakers and others were gathered for a morning practice about 7 a.m.

The USCP also collaborates with other federal agencies and local law enforcement "to increase the collection and sharing of intelligence information", according to the Capitol Police strategic plan.

But Wednesday's incident, as well as the 2011 shooting of then-Democratic Rep.

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They remained at large Thursday morning. "You don't shoot at a man carrying his 10-month-old son", the police chief said. Police say the father ran up to the driver of a auto nearby and yelled for help. "He was yelling, 'Help me".

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, choked up while crediting Griner and Bailey for preventing the deaths of the 25 elected officials on the field and the 15 staffers who joined them.

Heroic Capitol Police Officer - and Her Wife - Get Presidential Visit