Megachurch's security guard credited as hero

Armed security officer shot gunman; likely prevented additional deaths at Colo. church

The approximately 10,000-member New Life community, Boyd said, would recover from the tragedy. "Our church," he said, "has gone through difficult times before."

It was an apparent reference to the scandal last year when a former male prostitute said he had had a three-year affair with the church's founder. Ted Haggard, who was then-president of the National Assn. of Evangelicals, admitted to "immorality" and resigned as leader of the church.

On Sunday evening, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter said in a statement that "violent crimes of any sort are tragic enough, but when innocent people are killed in a religious facility or place of worship, we must voice a collective sense of outrage."


Correll reported from Colorado Springs and Riccardi from Arvada.