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NE Tennessee policeman recognized for actions during standoff with armed woman

Jeff Bobo, NET News Service • Aug 28, 2013 at 7:16 AM

MOUNT CARMEL — Officer George Copas could have, and probably should have, taken the life of a woman who pointed a gun at his head and caused a six-hour standoff with police last week, according to Mount Carmel Police Chief Mike Campbell.

Campbell told the Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday that Copas saved three lives during the Aug. 19 standoff: the suspect, her elderly disabled mother and his own.

During Monday’s BMA meeting, Copas received a commendation from Campbell for his actions during that standoff, as well as a standing ovation from everyone who attended the meeting.

More about Copas' honor can be found at TimesNews.net.