Before Monday morning, 28-year-old Ohio State University Police Officer Alan Horujko was just another name on the payroll, however grateful for his service the school surely was. But this week, the nation has been introduced to a newly-crowned hero, the man responsible for single-handedly shooting and killing the suspect responsible for Monday’s horrific attack.
According to The Blaze.com, Horujko is the officer whose impressively fast response had him confronting the suspect, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a mere minute after Artan began his attack on Monday. Artan’s initial act of violence began with the suspect attempting to ram his vehicle into a gathered throng of Ohio State students. He then began to attack students with a butcher knife.
University officials issued a statement regarding Horujko’s specific actions and the protocol he followed, revealing that the Ohio State officer radioed dispatch at exactly 9:52 a.m. EST, sharing the specifics that an unidentified man had just driven his car into a crowd of pedestrians. Mere seconds after the initial dispatch, Horujko again radioed in to report an “officer in trouble,” further detailing that there was a man wielding a knife and trying to attack individuals on campus. At 9:53 a.m., a single minute later, Horujko reported in that there were “shots fired,” and that he had “engaged the suspect.”
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Publication date: November 30, 2016