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Officer Who Stopped Minnesota Mall Stabbing Hailed as Hero

Updated: April 05, 2018 05:59 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - An Avon police officer who stopped a knife attack at a shopping mall is the first Minnesota officer to receive the Congressional Badge of Bravery.

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Officer Jason Falconer received the honor Thursday at a ceremony in St. Cloud.

Falconer, a firearms instructor and competitive shooter, was off-duty and shopping at Crossroads Center in St. Cloud in September 2016 when Dahir Adan stabbed and wounded 10 people. Falconer shot and killed Adan after Adan lunged at him with a knife.

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer presented Falconer with the award, created by Congress 10 years ago to honor exceptional acts of bravery by law enforcement.

The St. Cloud Times reports Falconer said he appreciates the honor but added, "It's over, done. We move on."

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