California Detective Who Said He’d Take Bullet Speaks Out

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jorge Lozano, San Bernardino officer who said he would ‘take a bullet,’ says he is no hero.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detective Jorge Lozano, center, pauses while answering questions during a news conference with the first responders on the scene of last week’s fatal shooting at a social services center, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. A sheriff’s detective who won praise for his bold shepherding of frightened people out of the Southern California building where a couple opened fire last week says it was a crazy situation and he did nothing that anyone in his position wouldn’t have done.The only officer shot in the gunfight that killed the husband and wife behind the San Bernardino shootings says he’s a former Marine who was determined to keep fighting even after he took the bullet.

Jorge Lozano said in a video captured in the hallway of the Inland Regional Center as he escorted employees and others who had been stranded in a hallway as the shootings went on in a conference room. “When they were passing me there was a female there with a small child that was just terrified, shivering almost, shaking like a leaf, and I said what I said. He said he had been scared himself when someone opened a door without announcing themselves, but knew the people he was responsible for were relying on him for comfort and calm, so he provided it.

The video — and the “take a bullet” line in particular — have made something of a celebrity out of Lozano, and he won the admiration of the public and his colleagues. The campus is just miles away from the social service center where Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire on a holiday party of his co-workers last Wednesday. Mourners also gathered Monday at San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors building to mark the first day about 20,000 county employees returned to work since the shooting.

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