Second Fort Hood Officer Took Down Hasan, But Questions Linger

November 12, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Senior Sgt. Mark Todd the second Fort Hood Police Officer on the scene of the day of the tragic shooting, has now said in an interview that he was in fact the person responsible for bringing Hasan down and not Sgt. Kimberly D. Munley, as previously reported. This latest news adds to the confusion in the reporting by military officials in the hours and days after the deadly shooting, with initial reports that accused mass murderer Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was dead and then later reported to be alive.

According to an account published in the NY York Times, Sgt. Todd said he and Sgt. Munley appeared at the scene at the same time in separate vehicles and Hasan was found outside of the processing center. Sgt. Todd shouted, “Police, drop your weapons!” and Hasan immediately fired on the two officers. “Once we took fire, she broke right and I broke left,” said Sgt. Todd.

A witness who asked not to be identified confirmed that Sgt. Todd came upon Hasan reloading his weapon, after just shooting Sgt. Munley and Sgt. Todd shot Hasan several times, before approaching Hasan to kick his weapon away and handcuff him.

Sgt. Todd refused to say how many shots he fired and would not provide the precise positions of himself, Sgt. Munley and Hasan during the encounter, due to the ongoing investigation.

The two police officers appeared together on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” on Wednesday, but they provided few details and they did not disclose who had fired and hit Hasan.

On the Friday after the shooting, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, Fort Hood’s commanding general, praised Sgt. Munley for her brave actions. Officer Munley is a “trained, active first responder” who acted quickly after she “just happened to encounter the gunman,” said Lt. Gen Cone.

“Really a pretty amazing and aggressive performance by this police officer,” Lt. Gen Cone added. Cone was asked if Sgt. Munley’s shots had brought down the assailant and stopped the deadly rampage. “That’s correct,” Lt. Gen Cone said. “The critical factor here was her quick response to the situation.”

On Tuesday, army spokesman Lt. Col. Lee Packnett, would not confirm that it was Sgt. Todd who shot Major Hasan. “It could have been, but the final outcome will be determined by the results of the ballistics tests.” Colonel Lee said.


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2 Responses to “Second Fort Hood Officer Took Down Hasan, But Questions Linger”

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  2. Robert Karp on November 13th, 2009 10:56 am

    Who cares? The Sgt? That’s about it. Those are details that are not news worthy.

    If Mark Todd wanted to be a real man about it, he’d be satisfied that someone was brought to justice and not care about who got credit for what.

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