Officer Who Took Out DIMEBAG's Killer To Appear As Honorary Crew Chief At Racing Event

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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