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'Mighty Mouse' who laid US gunman low

'Mighty Mouse' who laid US gunman low

Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 8, 2009

The police officer who brought down US army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hassan after he went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood army base on Friday was on her way to get her car repaired when she responded to a police radio report of the gunfire.

As she pulled up to the centre, Kimberly Denise Munley spotted Major Hassan brandishing a pistol and chasing down a wounded soldier outside the building. Munley, a petite woman with a love of hunting, surfing and other outdoor sports, bolted from her car, yanked her pistol out and shot at Hassan.He turned on her and began to fire. Munley ran towards him, continuing to fire, and both she and Hassan went down with several bullet wounds.

Whether Munley was solely responsible for taking down Hassan or if he was also hit by gunfire from another responder is unclear, but she was the first to fire at him, the authorities said. Munley, nicknamed Mighty Mouse for an earlier act of bravery, said she had been trained in a tactic called active shooter protocol, intended for this kind of situation. "She's absolutely a hero. She knew what to do. And she had the courage to do it,'' an officer said. Hailing Munley, a former investigation partner said, "She's a ball of fire. A real good cop.''

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