Hartselle officer earns Alabama's Medal of Honor
By M.J. Ellington
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MONTGOMERY — A Hartselle police officer who stopped a Halloween-masked robbery suspect with a hostage in October was recognized at a Legislative Medal of Honor ceremony at the Statehouse on Thursday.
Hartselle officer Chip Reynolds was one of the law enforcement officials the Legislature recognized as nominees at its annual Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement ceremony in the House chamber. Hartselle Police Chief Ron Puckett and other department officers were in Montgomery for the ceremony.
In the Hartselle incident, Reynolds shot a Halloween-masked Larry Dean Maples of Hartselle in the shoulder when he crossed a parking lot outside Hometown Market with a 27-year-old store clerk as a hostage.
His intervention ended Maples' attempt to escape after the robbery and led to the release of the hostage without injury.
Reynolds said after Thursday's ceremony that while Maples robbed the store across the street from Hartselle Hospital with a BB gun, officers did not know what type of gun he had until after the incident.
He said Maples took three market employees to a bathroom and threatened to kill them if they did not stay there as he fled.
Then on probation, Maples spotted police officers outside the store and returned to the bathroom to take a hostage.
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