Congress honors officers who responded to attack

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress and the U.S. Capitol Police are honoring the five officers who responded when a gunman opened fire on lawmakers and others during a June baseball practice.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was the most seriously wounded in the attack and was scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

Witnesses said the carnage would have been far worse had officers with the U.S. Capitol Police and Alexandria Police Department not engaged the assailant in a gunfight, eventually killing him.

The officers are being presented with the Medal of Honor, the agency's highest honor.

The officers being honored are Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner of the U.S. Capitol Police and officers Nicole Battaglia, Alexander Jensen and Kevin Jobe of the Alexandria Police Department.