Navy officer who shot ‘jihadist’ leads legislators in prayer

Tim White, a Navy lieutenant commander, got two standing ovations from a joint meeting of  the state House and Senate Wednesday, reports the Times-Free Press  – the first when Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga,  told colleagues that during a 2015 attack on military officers “the first three bullets that went into the jihadist were from Commander White’s gun.”

The second came after White finished delivering the “prayer of the day” to the joint legislative session.

In a Times Free Press interview later on Wednesday, White said “it was obvious that it was the police that fatally wounded Abdulazeez. But he was also hit on his right side, and I’m the only person who had that aspect of him as he was running from his car to the front of the reserve center.

“He was hit on his shoulder and on his hip, and we think about three times. I fired six shots and at least three of the shots hit him,” White added.

Earlier, the Navy commander, who arrived at the Capitol with his wife, Franicia, and the couple’s seven children, displayed a different side of who he is. A devout Christian.

“Please join with me in prayer,” he asked lawmakers. “Praise the Lord. Praise, oh servants of the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forever more.”

“Teach us to depend upon you and make us to be that precious, valuable, faithful servant. Father be gracious to us and bless us and make your face to shine upon us, that your way may be made known on earth, your saving power among all nations.”

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