A Ohio State police officer was hailed a hero for his quick reaction after the killing of a man a minute after he drove his car into a crowd and then stabbed several people Monday.
Officer Alan Horujko, who had only joined the department in January 2015, responding to reports of a nearby gas leak, when the suspect jumped a curb on the campus around 9:52 pm
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Ohio State police officer Alan Horujko.
(Ohio State University Police via AP)
Horujko let the attacker, later identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, dropping the butcher knife, and shot him when he did not obey the command of the university, president Michael Drake said.
“The officer against the individual 9:53 — the subject was neutralized by 9:53,” said Drake, with the emphasis on how quickly the events unfold.
Director of the Ohio State Department of Public Safety Monica Moll echoed Drake’s feelings, saying Horujko is owed a debt of gratitude.
“He did a fantastic job today,” she said.
University police chief Craig Stone said that it was happy Horujko had gone to investigate the gas leak at the same time of the attack was to fold. That has helped him to react quickly to the attacker.
Artan, 18, plowed a small gray Honda in the crowd outside Watt Hall, an engineering classroom building. Two law enforcement sources told Fox News that Artan came to the United States as a Somali refugee, and was given the status of a lawful permanent resident.
The motive for the attack is still unclear, but law enforcement sources told Fox News the FBI was the treatment of a Facebook post that is written by Artan earlier Monday. The message appeared to condemn AMERICAN military action in Muslim countries.
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Mayor Andrew Ginther called Horujko an “outstanding young law enforcement officer.
“There has never been a dangerous or difficult and challenging time to be a police officer, and we had a dynamic, well-trained professional today will save the lives of many of our residents and students,” Ginther added.
Horujko, 28, placed on administrative leave Monday and the investigation was transferred to Columbus police, in accordance with the protocol for the police units. Horujko appears to be an avid runner, with several half-marathons under his belt, according to the online race results.
Gov. John Kasich praised the speed with which Horujko and other officials have acted.
Kasich, a Republican, described the response as “incredible, awesome and amazing and heroic performance on the part of our workers.”
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 the regional campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark and Wooster.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.