Columbus Police Officer James D. Niggemeyer, who is widely credited for saving lives on Dec. 8, 2004 when he entered Alrosa Villa without backup and killed a crazed gunman responsible for blowing away four people, including PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, will be honorary crew chief for the Smith & Wesson racing team during the O'Reilly Challenge event at at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 4-5. Niggemeyer and Detective Jennifer Fulford-Salvano of the Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office were selected to receive national honors by the Grand Lodge as part of a special tribute to America's law enforcement heroes.With no backup, Niggemeyer entered the Alrosa Villa nightclub on Dec. 8 and fired a single shotgun blast that killed Nathan Gale, who had shot and killed four people during a concert by the band DAMAGEPLAN. One of those killed by Gale was DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Abbott. Gale, 25, was still shooting and had taken a hostage when the officer came in.
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