GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Eight Greenville officers were awarded with the highest national award given by the American Police Hall of Fame. This honor comes after their actions on June 21, 2013-- a day city officials say changed Greenville forever.
The following officers received the "Sliver Star for Bravery" on Thursday night: Sergeant Michael Broadwell; and Officers Christopher Drueschler, Tabitha Johnson, Sergio Munguia, Craig McCoy, Emmanuel Moore, Michael Sawyer and Justin Wooten.
These officers stepped in the line of fire one year ago, after Greenville Police say a gunman took to the the streets-- shooting four people. All of the victims survived.
According to Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden, the gunman was Lakim Anthony Faust. Police say he shot a man in the parking lot of Kellum Law Firm and then shot three more people in the parking lot of the nearby Walmart.
Chief Aden says police corned Faust, and they told him to drop his weapon. But he allegedly opened fire on officers. Police then shot Faust, but he continued to resist arrest, forcing officers to approach him using a cruiser, said Aden.
Faust's trial will begin on Jan. 20, 2015. He is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting.
During the Thursday night ceremony, the officers arrived not knowing they were going to receive such a prestigious honor. They were told they were going to receive an award, but did not know it was going to be a national one.
Last year, 13 Sliver Star awards were given out across the country-- eight of them went to Greenville Police Law Enforcement officers.
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