Utah "Trolley Square hero" wins national police honor



Ogden City Police Master Officer Ken Hammond and his wife, Sarita, Feb. 2007. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
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Read Officer Ken Hammond's account: Mall shooting: Off-duty and drawing fire

The Ogden police officer credited with ending a shooting rampage in a Salt Lake City mall has been named April's Officer of the Month by the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

Ken Hammond was off-duty having dinner with his wife when Suljeman Talovic began firing shotgun rounds inside the Trolley Square Mall on Feb. 12. Hammond drew his weapon and engaged the 18-year-old and is credited with saving the lives of shoppers and mall workers. 

Six people died in the shootings, including Talovic. Four others were injured. 

A six-year veteran of the Ogden police department, Hammond and his wife, a dispatcher, were celebrating and early Valentine's Day the night of the shooting. 

The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization has been honoring federal, state and local police officers who show exemplary service since 1996.

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