Police identify 3 Virginia officers who took fire responding to the congressional shooting

Alex Wong/Getty Images(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) -- The police chief in Alexandria, Virginia described the minute-by-minute heroism of three local police officers who arrived at the site of the shooting at Wednesday’s congressional baseball practice.

The three Alexandria officers were named as Officer Kevin Jobe, Officer Nicole Battaglia, and Officer Alexander Jensen. The trio assisted the plainclothes Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner, Henry Cabrera, and David Bailey in neutralizing the shooter James T. Hodgkinson at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.

Chief of Police Michael Brown gave a tick-tock of Wednesday morning’s shooting, saying that the first call came into their dispatch at 7:08 a.m. from a resident near the baseball field. At 7:11 a.m. Officer Jobe, a 16-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department, arrived on scene and advanced on foot — without cover — towards the gunfight, taking up position near the plainclothes Capitol Police officers.

Brown said the shooter was backed away from the third base line towards home plate by the advances of the officers at the scene.

Officers Battaglia and Jensen immediately faced fire from the shooter when they arrived. Battaglia jumped out of her car and moved towards the firefight to the point that she was “pinned down in the parking lot with a barrage of weapon fire from the shooter,” according to Chief Brown.

“That act alone, in my opinion diverted the attention of the shooter away from the other officers allowing them to get themselves into position to deal with the situation that took place,” Brown said.

Around the same time, Jensen used his police cruiser for cover and his departmental rifle to engage the suspect.

Chief Brown said the scene was neutralized at 7:14am — just 4 minutes after the first 911 call was made.

“I could not be more proud of the officers of the Alexandria police department that showed up that day,” Brown added.

Jensen and Battaglia have been with the Alexandria police less than two years. None of the three Alexandria officers were injured in the shooting.

Five people, including the shooter Hodgkinson, were shot during Wednesday morning's ambush on the Republican members' morning baseball practice. As of Monday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R- Louisiana) is expected to undergo additional surgeries and remains hospitalized. Lobbyist Matt Mika remains in critical condition.

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Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombs

Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombsRuskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(MCLEAN, Va.) -- A Labrador retriever named Lulu has flunked out of bomb-sniffing school after she displayed to her handlers that she was no longer interested in detecting bombs, according to the CIA.

"We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program," the CIA announced in a press release Wednesday.

Lulu did not make the cut to graduate with her fellow fall 2017 puppy classmates after she began to show signs that she wasn't interested in sniffing out explosive odors a few weeks into training.

We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups. pic.twitter.com/iaeRpGiSUR

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Pups often have off days when they're training for such an important job, the CIA said. The issue -- which can often be fixed with more playtime and breaks -- is often temporary.

"After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training," the CIA said. "But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary."

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu was no longer motivated to search for explosives and was "clearly not enjoying herself any longer" when motivated to do so with food and play.

"It's imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing," the CIA said.

Trainers made the "extremely difficult decision" to drop Lulu from the program for her physical and mental well-being, the CIA said.

Lulu's handler adopted her, so she now enjoys cushy work-free days that include playing with his children and sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard. She even has a new friend -- a fellow Labrador retriever -- to hang out with all day.

Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

"We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her," the CIA said. "We wish her all the best in her new life."

We’ll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!https://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/Mbcr9C7wUY

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu's handler is still on the search for an explosive detection K-9 partner, the CIA said.

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