MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The police officer who stopped a knife-wielding attacker at a Minnesota mall received a big honor Monday night.

The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association named Jason Falconer Officer of the Year.

WCCO’s Jennifer Mayerle emceed the event.

(credit: CBS)

Officer Falconer works for the Avon Police Department.

He was off-duty last September when a man in a security uniform started stabbing shoppers at Crossroads Center in St. Cloud. Officer Falconer shot and killed Dahir Adan when he lunged at him with a knife.

Adan hurt 10 people. He asked them if they were Muslim during the attack.

The FBI investigated the attacks as terrorism.

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