(House of Representatives - November 19, 2013)

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  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from 
Texas (Mr. Olson) for 5 minutes.
  Mr. OLSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with great pride to share an 
amazing story of a police officer from Texas 22.
  At 3:30 a.m., on October 26, this officer from Stafford, Texas, 
noticed a car sitting at a green light with its left turn signal on. A 
few minutes later the Stafford officer stopped that car. As the officer 
approached the car, shots rang out. The officer was hit in the neck, 
face, and chest.
  The thugs sped off. The thugs had no idea who they shot. If they 
knew, they would have dropped their weapons and surrendered without a 
fight. They shot a wife, a mother of two young children, a former 
marine, who was the first female to join the Marine Corps' boxing team. 
They shot Stafford police officer Ann Carrizales. They messed with the 
wrong marine.
  Despite being wounded, Ann returned fire, blowing out the back glass 
of the thug's automobile. She jumped in her cruiser and joined the 
chase. She quickly got on the radio saying, ``Shots fired, shots fired, 
I've been hit.''
  For 7 minutes Ann chased the shooters. The video of her dashboard 
camera shows how cool and in control Ann was. She chased the thugs 
through two counties with multiple law enforcement agencies joining the 
chase--the Stafford Police Department, Missouri City Police Department, 
Sugar Land Police Department, Houston Police Department, sheriff's 
deputies from Fort Bend County and Harris County, and the Texas 
Department of Public Safety, all joining in the chase.
  Despite her wounds, Ann stayed on the radio and kept everyone aware 
of her location, telling everyone all the streets that she was passing 
while she was chasing the thugs. Ann was in charge and everyone knew 
  Ann followed those thugs into an apartment complex. Knowing the 
danger to arriving officers in an apartment complex and the danger to 
innocent Americans losing their lives from stray gunshots in those 
apartments, Ann continued to manage the scene.
  On Ann's dashboard camera, you can see Ann's fellow officers trying 
to take care of her wounds. Ann can be heard saying, ``Get out, it's 
not safe,'' and tell them to ``watch your back.'' Ann's shooter was 
caught later that day, and his two buddies were caught a few days 
  I talked to Ann a week after she was shot. I had two questions for 
Ann. The first question: ``What did you think when you were shot?'' She 
told me that her mama bear instincts kicked in. Those punks tried to 
take her from her husband and her two kids. They were going to pay for 
that. I also asked Ann: ``Did you ever think you were going to die?'' 
She snapped, ``No, sir, my chief did not give me permission to die that 
  Thank you, Ann, for wearing that badge and for your heroism. Semper 
fi, Ann, semper fi.