Ohio State Police Officer Alan Horujko Credited With Stopping Knife Attack
The police officer who stopped an assailant at Ohio State University on Monday was identified.
OSU police officer Alan Horujko “shot and killed” suspect Abdul Razak Ali Artan after he attacked people on campus grounds with his car, and then with a knife, said the university’s police department on Twitter. At least 11 people were injured, one critically, The Associated Press reported.
Artan, who reportedly is of Somali descent, crashed his vehicle into pedestrians on OSU’s campus. Following the crash, he emerged from his vehicle and assaulted several people on the scene with a butcher knife, AP reported.
The incident prompted OSU to send out an “active shooter” alert, urging students and staff to shelter in place, run, or “fight.” It was later determined that Artan was armed with a knife.
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USA Today reported that Horujko, 28, arrived about one minute after the attack began and shot the suspect. Horujko has been on the police force for two years.
“We are very fortunate that an OSUPD officer was there and took quick action,” university police chief Craig Stone said.
A witness, Angshuman Kapil, a graduate student, said he saw the car smash into pedestrians on the sidewalk. “It just hit everybody who was in front,” he told AP. “After that everybody was shouting, ‘Run! Run! Run!'”
“Watching the news unfold at Ohio State University. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students and administration,” he wrote on Facebook. “Excellent job by the Ohio State University Emergency Management Team (OSU_EMFP) in immediately notifying students & faculty via social media with the message.”
He added: “THANK YOU to all FIRST RESPONDERS who reacted immediately and eliminated the threat on campus.”