San Bernardino Officer Who Promised To Take Bullet Says He Doesn’t Feel Like a Hero

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Det. Jorge Lozano of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department speaks at a Dec. 8 news conference, recounting his role in responding to the shootings at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

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“I’ll take a bullet before you do, that’s for damn sure,” an officer assured people Wednesday as he ushered them out of the Inland Regional Center, where a mass shooting had just taken place.

A video clip containing that assurance quickly hit the Internet.

That officer on Tuesday for the first time talked about the actions that have attracted so much attention.

People were scared to move down a corridor because they feared they would be shot, he recounted. His words were intended to keep them moving.

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