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Sunday, November 08, 2009 

The heroine who defeated the Fort Hood jihadist

The UK Times writes about Kimberly Munley, the policewoman who managed to stop Malik Nidal Hasan last week:
Kimberly Munley does not look as if she would be much of a match for a heavily armed US soldier on a murderous rampage. But the slightly built 34-year-old civilian officer was first on the scene after Major Nidal Malik Hasan began firing on comrades at Ford Hood in Texas as they prepared to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq. The 39-year-old psychologist killed 13 and left 31 others with serious injuries.

On Thursday afternoon Ms Munley was doing her usual job of directing traffic on the sprawling base. By chance, she and her partner happened to walk past the Soldiers’ Readiness Processing Centre soon after Major Hasan — armed with two handguns — cornered his fellow soldiers. Soldiers who witnessed the rampage described the gunfire as continuous, methodical and well aimed.

Ms Munley succeeded in bringing him down by shooting him four times, even after being hit by a bullet that passed through both her legs, according to witnesses.

Her swift reaction and courage were being praised last night for preventing many more deaths.

“It was an amazing and aggressive performance by this police officer,” said Lieutenant-General Robert Cone, Fort Hood’s commanding officer. “The critical factor here was her quick response to the situation.”
For many Islamofascists, it'd surely be an incredible and well-deserved insult to be brought down by a woman. Thankfully, Mrs. Munley is little the worse for wear following the shooting, where she too unfortunately sustained injury. But she's luckily recovering now, and is to be praised for her bravery in facing a deadly jihadist and felling him before more disaster could occur.

On a semi-related note, Clayton Cramer writes about how learning self-defense can be good for women.

Update: Sen. Joe Lieberman has called for an investigation into what the army missed with Hasan.

Update 2: Jeffrey Goldberg at the Atlantic weighs in on the case, and it's worth taking notice of (via Hot Air Headlines).

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