Copley police officer Ben Campbell, who ended a deadly shooting spree in August 2011, was awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery.
COPLEY, Ohio - Copley police officer Ben Campbell, who ended a deadly shooting spree in August 2011, was awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery.
On Sunday morning, Aug. 7, 2011, Michael Hance, 51, went on a shooting spree in a Copley neighborhood killing seven people and wounding another. Officer Campbell was the first at the scene and shot and killed Hance.
Hance murdered 16-year-old Autumn Johnson, her father, Bryan Johnson, 44, her grandparents, Russell Johnson, 67, and Gudrun Johnson, 64, along with Craig Dieter, 51, Scott Dieter, 11, and Amelia Shambaugh, 16. He also shot his girlfriend Rebecca Dieter in the back and she survived.
Campbell was humble after receiving the award. "My name is on a lot of these awards, but everybody on my department and the community that day, all had a role to play and I was only a small part of it."
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown was on hand to present the award.
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