Cop who stopped Crossroads Mall attacker gets Congressional Badge of Bravery

He becomes the first Minnesotan police officer to receive the award.
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The part-time cop who stopped a terrorist attack at a St. Cloud Mall made Minnesotan history on Thursday.

Avon officer Jason Falconer became the first Minnesotan officer to be a recipient of the Congressional Badge of Bravery.

At a ceremony in St. Cloud, he was joined by local congressman Rep. Tom Emmer as well as Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith.

He was described by Rep. Emmer as "unpretentious, simple and genuinely humble" before adding: "And that's about as Minnesotan as you can get."

Falconer certainly appeared humble as he said a few words following the presentation, saying: "I appreciate this honor. I wasn't looking like any type of awards for this event."


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The officer leapt into action when 20-year-old Somali refugee Dahir Adan went on a stabbing spree at the St. Cloud mall on Sept. 17, 2016.

He had stabbed 10 people before he was confronted by Falconer, who explained who he was before Adan charged at him.

Falconer opened fire, shooting him repeatedly as Adan got up on three occasions, before ultimately dying inside the Macy's store.

His bravery was hailed by Sen. Klobuchar, who explained Falconer was at the mall shopping for his kids when the attack started.

"If he had not been there and if he had not done something, more people certainly would have been hurt and some even killed."

It's the second award Falconer has received for his brave actions. He was also named the Officer of the Year in 2016 by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.

But he's eager to stay out of the spotlight, telling the gathered media: "I kinda thought it was all said and done, and then we had this.

"I’ve been avoiding the media. So, as the media goes, this is what you get, nothing else. But I want to take the opportunity to thank those who, throughout this process, made it easy.

"It’s over, done. We move on."

You can watch Falconer receiving his badge in the video below, courtesy of FOX 9.

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