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SD native called hero after shooting church gunman

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls native is being hailed as a hero for shooting a gunman who opened fire at a Colorado Springs church on Sunday.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls native is being hailed as a hero for shooting a gunman who opened fire at a Colorado Springs church on Sunday.

Authorities said Jeanne Assam, 42, shot the gunman after he killed two people.

The Sioux Falls native volunteers as a security guard at the New Life Church.

Assam said she saw the gunman coming and took cover until he got close - when she identified herself and shot him.

"God was with me," Assam said. "He never left my side."

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Investigators said the gunman may have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, although police and church leaders credited Assam's bravery with preventing more killings.

Assam is a former police officer who worked in Minneapolis during the 1990s. She grew up in Sioux Falls, went to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., and graduated with a criminal justice degree, her twin sister, Jennifer, of Sioux Falls, told the Rocky Mountain News.

Assam works full time for Messenger International, a local Christian ministry.

The gunman, Matthew Murray, also wounded three people at the church. It is believed that Murray had earlier killed two people at a missionary training center in Arvada, Colo., on Sunday.

A former Rapid City man, Dan Griebenow, was wounded in the Arvada shooting. Griebenow, 24, was shot in the neck. His condition was upgraded from critical to serious Monday night.

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