Two Little Rock Airmen Honored For Actions In Fatal Shooting

Sep 15, 2015

Col. Charles Brown, 19th Airlift Wing commander, presents Zachary Freese and Codee Smith the Air Force Commendation Medal on Monday.
Credit U.S. Air Force

The Little Rock Air Force Base has honored two airmen who fatally shot an armed man who intentionally crashed his vehicle into the base's gate.

Larry D. McElroy died a day after the June 15 incident at the Jacksonville base. Authorities say McElroy was driving at least 80 mph when he rammed into the gate. Officials say Sgt. Zachary Freese and Airman 1st Class Codee Smith first tried to help McElroy until the man got out of his SUV with a rifle.

The guards then shot McElroy and he died at a hospital. No one else was injured.

The air base honored Freese and Smith with the Air Force Commendation Medal during a private ceremony Monday. Freeze is a native of Jennings, Louisiana, while Smith is from North Pole, Alaska.