Miami-Dade police officer, security guard honored for stopping gunman in library

Roderick Veazy shot by officer May 3 at downtown Miami library

MIAMIA Miami-Dade police officer and a security guard who stopped a gunman from hurting anyone earlier this month at a downtown Miami library were honored Wednesday for their actions.

Officer Saul Rodriguez, a 17-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the security guard, Juanita Knighton, received a round of applause and a standing ovation.

"You just got to do what you got to do," Knighton said.

"It's just our jobs. This is what we're here for," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez had picked up an off-duty shift at the downtown main Library May 3 when two men started arguing.

Police said one of the men, Roderick Veazy, pulled out a gun and started shooting.

"I knew them, but I didn't know they were going to do that," Knighton said.  

After 29 years on the job, that day will always stick out for Knighton, who was on her way to speak to one of the men before the shooting.

"He had his phone on speaker, talking very loud, so I was going to tell him that he knows better than to talk loudly in the library," Knighton said.

Knighton radioed Rodriguez for additional help.

Police said Rodriguez shot Veazy as people ran for cover.

No was else was injured.

Rodriguez said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.

"We just celebrated Memorial Day," Rodriguez said. "I think of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. I consider those true heroes. But, we're just doing our job. It's just part of our job."

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