June 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Lesbian officer wounded in Va. shooting, visited by Trump in hospital
Crystal Griner, gay news, Washington Blade

Crystal Griner was among those wounded during the Alexandria shooting. (Photo courtesy of Hood College)

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner — a married lesbian — was among those wounded during a shooting this week in the Virginia suburbs and received a visit from President Trump during his trip to the hospital to see the victims.

Griner was among the five people shooter James T. Hodgkinson wounded on Wednesday during an incident at the Republican congressional baseball practice. On the House floor, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) praised her as one of the officers who saved lives during the shooting where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was badly wounded.

According to CBS News, Griner and Special Agent David Bailey rushed Hodgkinson despite their own wounds. After being shot in the ankle, she was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

President Trump visited the officers at the hospital along with first lady Melania Trump, who presented Griner and her spouse a bouquet of flowers, according to a White House press corps pool report.

Griner graduated in 2006 from Maryland’s Hood College, where she played on the basketball team. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine is quoted in a CBS News report as praising Griner for her work during the shooting.

“She is amazing, and she’s a hero,” Dine was quoted as saying. “She epitomized what being a hero’s all about.”

Trump also hailed Griner for her efforts in a statement in the Diplomatic Room of the White House shortly after the incident.

“Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault,” Trump said. “Melania and I are grateful for their heroism and praying for the swift recovery of all victims.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • Thank you officer Griner, may god speed your recovery just as he blessed us with YOU.

  • Very worthy. Not the focus of this article, though.

  • Both officers were doing their job. She is the officer given credit of the fatal shot though. Ironically Steve Scalise is a well known bigot and has consistently voted against every LGBT issue. The fact that his life was saved by a black lesbian will not likely change his ignorant and prejudice views. I doubt he would have done the same. It is quite sad.

  • With thoughts and prayers to all concerned for their respective recoveries.

  • Well put, thank you to all officers on the scene of the murderous Antifa attack.

  • Of course the non-gay officer is lauded for putting his life at risk. The point, though, is that gay folks are unfortunately viewed negatively by many people. Non-gay folks receive plaudits for what they do regularly and they well should. So should gay folks.

  • This isn’t a gay straight thing. This is the factual irony that a black lesbian saved the life of a United States Congressman that is a known homophobe and a racist. Law enforcement put their lives on the line daily and protect us regardless of our race, religion or sexual orientation.

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