HERO: Fast-Acting Ohio State Officer Praised for Killing Terrorist

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ahOfficials on Monday praised an Ohio State University police officer who shot and killed a man a minute after he drove his car into a crowd and then stabbed multiple people.

Officer Alan Horujko, who started on the university police force in January 2015, was responding to reports of a nearby gas leak when the car jumped a curb on campus at 9:52 a.m.

Horujko ordered the attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, to drop the knife and then shot him when he didn’t obey the command, university president Michael Drake said.

“The officer encountered the individual by 9:53 — the subject was neutralized by 9:53,” Drake said, underscoring how quickly events unfolded.

Horujko is owed a debt of gratitude, said Monica Moll, director of Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety.

“He did a fabulous job today,” she said.

University police Chief Craig Stone said it was fortunate the officer had gone to investigate the gas leak, which helped position him to respond to the attack so quickly.

Eleven people were hurt in the attack. Police said they were investigating whether it was terrorism.

Artan was born in Somalia and was a legal permanent U.S. resident, according to a U.S. official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The FBI joined the investigation.

Mayor Andrew Ginther called Horujko an “outstanding young law enforcement officer.”

“There has never been a more dangerous or complicated and challenging time to be a police officer, and we had a dynamic well-trained professional today save the lives of many of our residents and students,” said Ginther, a Democrat.

Horujko, 28, was placed on administrative leave Monday and the investigation turned over to Columbus police, consistent with protocol for police shootings. Horujko appears to be an avid runner, with several half-marathons under his belt, according to online race results.

Gov. John Kasich praised the speed with which Horujko and other officers acted.

Kasich, a Republican, described the response as “an unbelievable, amazing and outstanding and heroic performance on the part of our first responders.”

The university police department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It has officers on the main campus in Columbus and on regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark and Wooster.

(AP)

6 COMMENTS

  1. He shot a Muslim refugee who didn’t even have a gun? How politically incorrect. Good think he wasn’t in New York or California.

    BTW, will there now be a movement to ban knives and cars?

  2. “Horujko, 28 was placed on administrative leave”

    Exactly. This evil white racist cop acted stupidly. I hope he is found guilty of a hate crime and gets a life sentence. How dare he shoot a Muslim. Better 100 innocent Americans get slaughtered like sheep than to G-d forbid shoot 1 Muslim Freedom fighter. This action taken by this murderous cop is obviously part of the backlash against Muslims that we were warned about, if Donald Trump was allowed to steal the election. I hope that President Obama will command Loretta Lynch to open an investigation.

  3. A white cop shoots a young black Muslim driver, instead of asking him politely to stop?
    Will the Black Lies Matter, or another similar gang, call for riots? How about the luberals demanding a recount of the people that Somali animal killed or hurt?
    Where is the voice from the WH condemning the unprovoked attack? Perhaps if BO had another son, he would have looked….oh wait, maybe it actually was that chile?