Police chief: Heroic officer drew gunman's fire in Alexandria shooting

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia police chief says one of the first officers to respond to a shooting that left a leading House Republican critically wounded was pinned down by a barrage of gunfire.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown on Monday praised what he called the heroic actions of Officer Nicole Battaglia and two others who arrived minutes after the gunman began shooting at members of Congress on a baseball field last week.

Brown says Battaglia drew the gunman's fire and took cover behind parked cars, allowing two other officers to return fire.

He says the gunman was "neutralized" quickly. U.S. Capitol police officers also fired at the gunman. Authorities have not revealed which officers fired the ultimately fatal shots.

The shooting left Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana critically wounded.