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Bill Badger dies; tackled Jared Loughner after attack on Gabrielle Giffords

Bill Badger dies; tackled Jared Loughner after attack on Gabrielle Giffords

Bill Badger was a hero even before he helped save people's lives during the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in a grocery store parking lot that killed six people and injured 13, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The Army veteran died Wednesday morning of pneumonia, according to his wife, Sallie Badger. He was 78. Badger was shot in the head at a constituent event for Giffords, who was the target of gunman Jared Loughner. But Badger managed to tackle Loughner, helping others hold him down and disarm him before police arrived. Loughner is serving seven consecutive life terms in prison. Giffords, who lives in Tucson, said she was sad to learn of Badger's passing. ...

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