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November 9, 2009

The Ft. Hood Hero the Media Has Chosen to Ignore

Topics: Political News and commentaries

It's clearly more politically correct and makes for greater sensationalism to give all the credit to a female officer:

Via DoD News:

[...] Hoping to bring an end to the chaos inside the post deployment readiness center, Sgt. Kimberly Munley, an officer with Fort Hood's Department of Emergency Services, and Senior Sgt. Mark Todd, K-9 Division, DES, moved in to the fight. According to Todd, as soon as officers pulled up to the scene, people were pointing them in the direction of the shooter.

Hasan reportedly started firing on Todd and Munley, who took cover behind a vehicle. Munley left her cover to pursue the shooter and Todd followed around the other side of the building, where the major was hiding. When Todd looked around the corner of the building, he saw Munley on the ground. She had been shot.

Hasan was hiding behind a light post and firing at people who were fleeing the scene. Todd recalls firing five shots at Hasan. The major fell. Todd then confiscated Hasan's weapons and cuffed him. The entire exchange between Todd and the gunman lasted less than 45 seconds.

"We did just like we were trained to do...shouting commands and working as a team," Todd said. "We had no time to feel anything, just to react."

And from ABC News:
Todd told The Associated Press Saturday that he was unsure if Munley had wounded the suspect, because "once he started firing at me, I lost track of her."

After firing his Beretta at Hasan, Todd said the suspect flinched, slid down against a telephone pole and fell on his back. Todd recalls hearing people say, "two more, two more." He first thought they were referring to more shooters, but he realized that the bystanders were urging him to fire two more rounds, Todd said.

Not to take away anything from the bravery of Sgt. Kimberly Munley, it's noteworthy that little has been made of the bravery of Senior Sgt. Mark Todd, who it appears was the officer that actually stopped Nidal Hisan in his tracks.

Posted by Abdul at November 9, 2009 9:56 AM

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