COLUMBUS, Ohio – There was an active shooter on campus at OSU, and he SAVED many lives.
Officer Alan Horujko, 28, was the lifesaver! He interceded with gunfire on behalf of many helpless people when a crazed suspect used his car as a weapon to mow people down, and then resorted to a butcher knife to continue the mayhem.
Officer Horujko is relatively new to the department. He was hired in January 2015, but his services were never more required than mid-morning yesterday. Just prior to the chaos, he was responding to reports of a gas leak when the suspect vehicle jumped the curb on campus at about 9:52 a.m.
Horujko ordered the attacker, later identified by authorities as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, to drop the butcher knife. He then shot the attacker 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 reported Fox News.
Monica Moll, director of Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety concurred. “He did a fabulous job today,” she said.
University police Chief Craig Stone expressed the good fortune that Horujko was investigating the gas leak at the time of the attack. It allowed him be on scene quickly.
Artan, 18, hopped a curb with his gray Honda into a crowd near Watts Hall before getting out of the car and slashing people with the knife.
Two law enforcement sources told Fox News that Artan entered the United States as a Somali refugee, and was granted legal permanent resident status. It was unclear when this occurred or how long he has been in the country.
While the motive for the attack is still unclear, the same sources indicate the FBI was examining a Facebook post that may have been written by the suspect earlier Monday condemning U.S. military action in Muslim countries.
“Outstanding young law enforcement officer,” were the words of Mayor Andrew Ginther. “There has never been a more dangerous or complicated 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.”
Horujko was described as an avid runner, with several half-marathons to his credit.
Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, described the response as “an unbelievable, amazing and outstanding and heroic performance on the part of our first responders.”
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