Skip to comments.At Fort Hood, Witness Credits Second Officer
Posted on 11/11/2009 9:27:52 PM PST by Saije
Sgt. Kimberly D. Munley has been applauded as a hero across the nation for shooting down Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan during the bloody rampage at Fort Hood last week. The account of heroism, given by the authorities, attracted the attention of newspapers, the networks and television talk shows.
But the story of how the petite police officer and the accused gunman went down in an exchange of gunfire does not agree with the account of an eyewitness who had gone to the bases processing center, where the shooting occurred, to conduct business before being deployed.
The witness, who asked not to be identified, said Major Hasan wheeled on Sergeant Munley as she rounded the corner of a building and shot her, putting her on the ground. Then Major Hasan turned his back on her and started putting another magazine into his semiautomatic pistol.
It was at that moment that Senior Sgt. Mark Todd, a veteran police officer, rounded another corner of the building, found Major Hasan fumbling with his weapon and shot him.
How the authorities came to issue the original version of the story, which made Sergeant Munley a national hero for several days and obscured Sergeant Todds role, remains unclear. (Military officials also said for several hours after the shooting that Major Hasan had been killed, although he had survived.)
Six days after the deadly shooting rampage at a center where soldiers were preparing for deployment, the military has yet to put out a full account of what happened.
At a news conference outside the post on Wednesday, Lt. Col. John Rossi refused to take questions about who shot Major Hasan or why the initial reports said it had been Sergeant Munley rather than Sergeant Todd.
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its shoddy reporting. Its like with Hurricane Katrina, the media been running stories after stories of wide spread looting, raping and violence when its false
Well, if they really want the truth to come out they will make a statement after checking ballistics on the bullets taken from the terrorist and checking the weapons used by both security individuals to see how many shots were fired by each of them. Doesn’t take a Sherlock to figure this out.
Munley and Todd are heroes.
As in any crime scene, modern day forensics will eventually paint the the most truthful picture of what happened. What is not in question, is that a murdering Islamo-Fascist bastard killed 14 and wounded close to 30, including Officer Munley.
Fine by me if there’s more heroes than originally thought. As long as the media is going to dig deep to challenge the government’s initial statements, maybe they can revisit the claim that the shooting was not a terrorist attack.
Shades of PFC. Jessica Lynch...
We don’t fully know what happened here, but the nyt and an unnamed source are not credible in my book. More likely the nyt found out this Texas woman was a conservative Texan and just wants to discredit her.
Yes, exactly. Give credit where it is due. They downed this slime ball.
Now lets get on with the investigation and determine exactly who influenced him, and if there were others who gave support to him.
Have the trial, sentence him, and carry out the sentence.
The word “alleged” really bothers me. It is 100% certainty that he is the Perp.
The NYT deconstructs a story of American heroism?
I am shocked.
Actually, I think the entire NYT is a lie.
I'm not sure about the raping and the violence, but the wide spread (at least within NO proper) looting was unequivocally accurate. If anything, the media, bowing to political correctness, buried that aspect of the story in order to expend more effort to make Bush look like mother-nature.
Obama could stand up in front of the entire nation and break wind and the MSm would swoon and claim it was inspirational...
Yeah, after being gang raped by iraqi fedayeen.
The msm was conflicted, a woman hero as originally portrayed or a black man who ended the fight. Two oppressed minorities, what to do, what to do.
Both Sgt. Todd and Sgt. Munley were courageous and ran to the fight. They both deserve our thanks and recognition as Americans and officers.
Not exactly. Eyewitness can honestly have differing - sometimes wildly differing - memories of the same event. There's another word for what the NYT's does with Barry's speeches - propaganda.
Puffing up Munley and ignoring Todd is exactly the kind of PC crap that is standard fare for rat organs like the NY Times. And this author, writing in the NY Times, can’t figure it out? What a moron.
Both the officers responded just as they should and it does not matter which one of them actually shot the guy.
The officer that happens to be a cute little blonde gal makes for a better story.
If I have learned anything in law enforcement it is this... the media almost never gets the story right. I wish more people on here understood that simple fact. This is especially true when the breaking news flag breaks out on cable news. The story is often defined way before the facts are settled. We can all cite examples of this.
God bless both of these officers and all who serve to protect others. It takes guts to run towards gunfire.
Anyone who runs towards a dangerous person with intent to protect others is a hero.
Shades of PFC. Jessica Lynch...
And partners. According to Todd, they went in together, he went around one way, she another. Other witnesses say Hasan was preparing to shoot someone else, so Munley shot at him, maybe she missed, maybe not, those witnesses have her shooting after she was hit, but before she went down.
These sort of conflicting accounts are very common, and the details of the truth remain to be determined by the investigation.
But the big picture truth is, both Todd and Munley went after the bad guy, and as a team, they got him.