In any event, I am enjoying the attention, praise and credit that Kimberly Munley is getting today for her courage and skill in bringing down the shooter who killed 13 at the Texas military base yesterday. Munley, 34, is an expert in firearms and a member of Fort Hood's civilian police department, where she is on the S.W.A.T. team.
Munley was off duty when she heard on the police radio about the shooter. As she arrived at the center where the shootings were occurring, Munley spotted the gunman outside the building, where he was chasing a wounded solider. James C. McKinley, Jr., describes what happenened next in his NYT story:
Sergeant Munley bolted from her car and shot at Major Hasan. He turned toward her and began to fire. She ran toward him, continuing to fire, and both she and the gunmen went down with several bullet wounds, Mr. Medley said.
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Sergeant Munley joined the police force on the sprawling base in January 2008 after a career in the Army. Mr. Medley described her as highly trained, and said she had received specific training in a tactic called active shooter protocol, which was intended for the kind of situation she encountered on Thursday.
Munley suffered five gunshot wounds in the encounter, but she is in stable condition. Read the entire NYT story about Munley here.