Posted: Oct 5, 2012 4:03 PM by Mike Manzoni -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Oct 5, 2012 7:07 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - What started as a routine disturbance call quickly turned into a night three Corpus Christi police officers will never forget. All of them were shot by a man they arrested almost a decade ago. Now, they have something to show for it.
"When we go out into the streets any call could be potentially our last call," Lt. Phillip Bintliff said. November 16, 2003 was almost that day for Bintliff.
He and two other officers responded to the Park Apartments on Weber for a domestic argument, but Ishmel Salahud-din somehow slipped out of his handcuffs, grabbed a gun from his car and aimed it at the officers.
Bintliff was shot in the abdomen while trying to protect another officer who had already been shot in the head. Two weeks ago Governor Rick Perry gave Bintliff the Star of Texas award, given to officers who are injured in the the line of duty.
"It's very rewarding to know that the State of Texas and the citizens of not only Corpus Christi, but the rest of the state cares for their fellow law enforcement as well as firefighters," Lt. Bintliff told us.
The lieutenant was one of six officers to receive the award. The two other officers who were shot at the Park Apartments, Jose Smith and Israel Carrasco, were also honored.
As for Salahud-din, he's currently serving life in prison for multiple counts of attempted capital murder.
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