Fort Hood suspect kicked gun from officer's hand


by MARK WIGGINS / KVUE News and photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 16 at 6:12 PM

FORT HOOD, Texas -- A week of testimony in the court martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan concluded with one of the prosecution's star witnesses. In a quiet courtroom, former Fort Hood civilian police Sgt. Kimberly Munley sat face-to-face with the confessed shooter for the first time in nearly four years.

Hearing a call of shots fired, Munley was one of the first officers to respond. Dashcam video from Munley's patrol car showed people fleeing in terror from the medical building where the shooting was underway. Leaping out of her car, Munley ran directly into the chaos, only to find herself under fire.

"Dust clouds from rounds impacting the nearby parking lot could be seen between parked cars," III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs Director Tom Rheinlander told media Friday. Munley testified Hasan responded with gunfire to shouts from fellow police Sgt. Mark Todd to drop his weapon.

Peering around the side of the building, Munley said she saw the red light from one of the laser sights attached to Hasan's pistol flash across her eyes. After maneuvering for a better position, Munley said Hasan began to charge towards her.

Munley recalled within moments both were firing blindly at one another from a distance of roughly eight feet apart. Suffering wounds to her hand, thigh and knee, Munley fell to the ground. Her gun no longer working, she described looking up and seeing Hasan standing over her and trying to shoot her again. His own gun jammed, Hasan kicked her service weapon away.

The shootout ended after five bullets fired by Todd sent Hasan to ground, leaving him unconscious and paralyzed. An FBI special agent charged with evidence collection testified Friday that investigators recovered 13 spent shell casings belonging to the officers where the shootout took place, along with 63 belonging to Hasan. Inside the building, investigators found more.

"Two law enforcement officials testified to securing more than 150 spent casings from an FN 5.7 handgun, eight magazines and an FN 5.7 handgun outside the Soldier Readiness processing Center," said Rheinlander. "Also secured on the scene was a .357 magnum handgun still loaded with five live rounds."

The government prosecution is expected to wrap up witness testimony early next week, concluding with Sgt. Todd.  Representing himself, Hasan is expected to call at least two witnesses in his own defense. Closing arguments and panel deliberation could begin by the middle of the week.

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