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Fort Hood Officer Recounts Shooting

August 16, 2013  | 

Kim Munley with husband Matt (right) and Walt Greely. Photo via AFGE/Flickr.
Kim Munley with husband Matt (right) and Walt Greely. Photo via AFGE/Flickr.
The police officer who first arrived on the scene of the Fort Hood shooting testified Friday about the weapon malfunction that likely saved her life.

Kimberly Munley, who was laid off from the civilian base police force in 2011, responded to the Soldier Readiness Processing site on Nov. 5, 2009 after Maj. Nidal Hasan allegedly opened fire.

She "began blindly exchanging fire" with Hasan, Munley told a jury. Prosecutors showed footage from Munley's patrol car video system showing her pulling up to the chaotic scene.

Hasan opened fire on Munley and retreated behind a building. She used a flanking move to engage Hasan, as the two again exchanged fire. Munley was hit three times, as Hasan headed toward her, and his weapon jammed, reports the Killeen Daily Herald.

As he stood over Munley, his FN 5.7 with a 30-round magazine stopped firing. As he attempted to clear his weapon, Sgt. Mark Todd yelled at Hasan to drop the weapon. Todd then fired, paralyzing Hasan and ending the rampage.


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Comments (13)

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TERRY F. ZECH(RET) VETERA @ 8/19/2013 5:50 PM

Officer Munley you did what your training told you to do. You were wounded but your brother officer stopped the rest of the threat. Now we need to put the Major down in hell where he deserves, since he has admitted to be a combatant.

Greg @ 8/19/2013 7:09 PM

And they fired many lives did she save, she was shot 3 times and the stinking Army fired her. This entire cluster-F is horrid, Holder calling it workplace violence to keep his muslim-biased boss happy....and by doing this the injured troops get less care and fewer recovery help.

Kim's bravery was rewarded with being fired. Such gratitude is endemic now towards law enforcement.

SGT. C.C. MADISON (RET. L @ 8/19/2013 9:54 PM

Officer Munley exemplifies courage in the face of life-threatening danger. Cannot believe they laid her off. She should have been awarded Medal of Valor and placed in position of respect as example to other officers. Officer Munley, I'd go through a door on a call with you anytime!

SGT. C.C. MADISON (RET. L @ 8/19/2013 9:58 PM

Officer Munley exemplifies courage in the face of life threatening danger. I cannot believe they laid her off! She should have been awarded a Medal of Valor and placed in a position of respect as an example to other LEOs. Officer Munley, I'd gladly go through a door with you on a call anytime!

Lt Dan @ 8/20/2013 5:00 AM

Kimberly Munley = HERO. If she was "laid off" she HAS EARNED a severance package that will provide for her and her family. The scars of battle, foreign or domestic, physical or emotional, must not be overlooked.

Mike @ 8/20/2013 6:41 AM

Does anyone see a problem in that the suspect is still collecting a paycheck & the heroic officer isn't.

Chief R @ 8/20/2013 9:12 AM

This is typical of the Army response as directed under the current administration. Since this is "workplace violence", she'll get nothing except what the Dept of Labor may give her through a workman's comp claim. However, under the Obama administration, those claims are extremely hard to get. He claim will in all likelyhood be denied for one reason - she was actually hurt on the job. That isn't one of the current qualifiers today. SHE IS A HERO - She went to the threat, and continued the fight even while wounded.

Retired LEO Captain @ 8/20/2013 10:14 AM

Did you all miss the part about "Civilian Police"? The ARMY had nothing to do with this. Many if not all ARMY and other bases are now guarded by contract security forces. Many of the employees are former military but it is NOT a military position. Check it out.

It makes her no less a Hero, and it is a despicable action on the part of her employer.

Thor Odinson @ 8/20/2013 10:45 PM

How many of you vets remember pulling guard duty carrying an empty rifle??
With those firearms locked in a barracks room, unloaded, I think I would buy a few boxes of civilian ammo just in case another nut decides to start shooting people. Worth the risk. Of course that was the M1 just as Vietnam was getting fired up--hmmm, that was Kennedys war, expanded by Johnson....yeah, seems like most the wars were Leftwinger wars. Roosevelt--WWII, League of Nations
WWI, Truman--Korea

DEADMAN @ 8/21/2013 1:38 AM

I may be mistaken,but,it is my understanding,that if you were injured on the job,you cannot be terminated because of injuries,suffered on the job.It was either a Supreme Court Ruling or an Ohio Supreme Court ruling,either way,a decent attorney should be able to get you,your job back and return of benefits with back pay.

TXCop @ 8/21/2013 6:11 AM

This could partially explain things:

David B @ 8/26/2013 11:21 AM

"began blindly exchanging fire" What does that mean?

Dwayne Juedes @ 9/2/2013 6:13 PM

Where has justice gone in this country? I understand Maj Hasas has finally been sentenced to the death penalty but will never be executed because as the news paper stated it will be decades until his appeals are exhausted. with all the evidence against him there was no doubt to his guilt. Maj Jasan in all fairness to those he murdered should have been executed within 30 day's. this is a travesty. Dwayne Juedes Ret LEO

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