INDIANAPOLIS — The two officers who first responded to the Martin's Super Market shooting Jan. 15 were honored for their response at the second regular session of the General Assembly Wednesday, Feb 26.
Indiana Rep. Tim Neese presented HCR 27, which memorializes and honors the lives of Krystle Dikes and Rachelle Godfreed, the two victims in the shooting. The house resolution also honors Cpl. Cody Skipper and Cpl. Jason Tripp of the Elkhart Police Department for their response. The resolution was passed unanimously.
Skipper and Tripp, as well as their supervisor, Brent Long, attended the presentation.
"I can't really process right now my thoughts, what I was thinking when I first showed up," Corp. Cody Skipper told our news partner WNDU. "I just know that there was something needed to be done, and I'm going to do it, like I said, God was just watching over us, keeping us safe."
Neese described the events at the super market. Neese said that when the officers arrived at the scene, the suspect had a male manager on his knees as a hostage. The suspect saw the officer and pointed a gun and a knife at the officers.
"The well-trained officers did exactly what they were taught," he said.
Neese said the incident is still under investigation.
Rep. Tim Wesco and Rep. Linda Lawson also addressed the officers and the families of the victims.
"It was the heroic actions of two officer, who put their lives are at risk and stopped the shooting, it was these acts that honor them," Wesco said. "It is our turn to acknowledge those acts."
Corp. Tripp told WNDU that as a police officer, he realizes he could be put in a situation like the one at Martin's anytime and acknowledged the importance of his training. He expressed gratitude towards the state for honoring his actions.
"It's very humbling," Tripp told WNDU. "Like I said, it's amazing, I'm very happy that I can be down here, I can share this with my wife and my son and my family, you know. We've got the support of my colleagues and friends on the Elkhart City Police Department, it's just amazing right now."
Brent Long was also given the chance to speak, who said that the night of Jan. 15 was one of the scariest nights he's had to work.
"It's unfortunate we could not get there earlier but I'm very proud of them for what [the officers have] done," he said.