A civilian woman police officer — and firearms expert — saved the day by being the first to fire at Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, reports The New York Times:
As she pulled up to the center, the officer, Kimberly Munley, spotted the gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, brandishing a pistol and chasing a wounded soldier outside the building, said Chuck Medley, the director of emergency services at the base.
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.
Whether Sergeant Munley was solely responsible for taking down Major Hassan or whether he was also hit by gunfire from another responder is still unclear, but she was the first to fire at him.
Sergeant Munley, who is 34, is an expert in firearms and a member of the SWAT team for the civilian police department on the base, officials said.
I interviewed several women like Munley — well-trained law enforcement and military professionals, highly competent with firearms, prepared to do whatever is necessary under fire — for my book about American women and guns. Despite popular fantasy to the contrary, many women are exceptionally accurate shooters and steely enough to handle the job even when injured; Munley was shot three times and is the hospital in stable condition.
On 9/11, a woman cop helped to keep former NYC mayor Rudolph Giuliani alive — his bodyguard of nine years and a 28-year NYPD veteran, Patty Varone. She told me her astonishing story and it leads off my book chapter called “In The Line of Fire.”
Tough, brave, well-trained women shooters are everywhere. Luckily, Munley was driving past Fort Hood yesterday and jumped into action.