San Bernardino shooting investigator gets medal for heroism

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In this Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, photo, flowers and American flags honoring the victims of the attack on Dec. 2 are placed outside the Inland Regional Center where the fatal shooting took place in San Bernardino, Calif. At the IRC, Christmas never came. The staff was still gearing up for the holidays on Dec. 2, the day 14 people were massacred on the center’s gleaming campus. On Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, they'll return to two of the three buildings not damaged in the rampage. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A district attorney senior investigator has been awarded a medal of valor for his heroic actions during a shooting that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in San Bernardino, California, late last year.

Tom Boyles was working as a plainclothes officer on an auto theft task force when he heard police radioing for backup as they pursued two suspects following the Dec. 2 shooting at the Inland Regional Center.

Boyles and his partner responded and participated in the gun battle that led to the deaths of suspects Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik.

The medal for valor above and beyond the call of duty was awarded Friday at a ceremony in San Bernardino. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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