Friday, November 6, 2009
Heroic Fort Hood Cop Stops Killer
She'll surely say that she was just a cop doing her duty, but Fort Hood police officer Kimberly Munley's training paid off. Wounded in her encounter with the Fort Hood killer, she will forever be credited with ending this bloody massacre:
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Fast-Acting Officer Stopped Rampage
FORT HOOD, Texas (Nov. 6) -- A civilian police officer who shot the Fort Hood gunman four times during his bloody rampage stopped the attacker cold, a U.S. Army official said Friday.
Officer Kimberly Munley of the Fort Hood Police Department is a "trained, active first responder" who acted quickly after she "just happened to encounter the gunman," said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, Fort Hood's commanding general.
Cone said the officer and her partner responded "very quickly" to the scene of the shootings -- reportedly in about three minutes.
Munley "just happened very fortunately to be very close to the incident scene," Cone told CNN's "American Morning."
He said she shot the gunman four times and was wounded herself in an exchange of gunfire with him.
"Really a pretty amazing and aggressive performance by this police officer," Cone said.
Authorities have identified the alleged gunman as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, an Army psychiatrist. They said he opened fire at a military processing center Thursday at Fort Hood, killing 13 people and wounding 30.
Cone was asked if Munley's shots brought down the assailant and stopped him from shooting.
"That's correct," Cone said. "The critical factor here was her quick response to the situation."
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Well done, Officer Munley!
Charles M. Grist