Yes, it’s true. It was a woman that stopped the shooting rampage of Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan. The incident occurred on Nov. 5 at the Fort Hood Army base in Killeen, Texas. Sgt. Munley did this just minutes after Hasan had begun firing in the Soldier Readiness Center. She was credited by base officials with preventing more people from being shot. Sgt. Munley aggressively engaged Hasan as he shot at her. “It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer,” base commander Lieutenant General Robert Cone said. Munley was wounded three times in the arm and leg. She is in stable condition after undergoing surgery to repair damage to an artery. Can you believe she was sorry that she couldn’t have acted sooner? Sgt. Munley was a police officer for 5 years in North Carolina before becoming a civilian Department of Defense police officer at the base. She is a talented shooter on the Special Reaction Team; which trains to respond to events like the Nov. 5 shooting incident.
I hope that media coverage of incidents in which women are credited for acts of bravery will continue to be front page news. Women police officers are still fighting for equal rights, equal pay and they face discrimination on the job everyday. We commend you, Sergeant Kimberly Munley, for your selfless act of bravery, your dedication to your job, and the enormous amount of empathy that you have for others. We thank you for proving that women are just as effective in law enforcement as men and for helping us to prove that Women Do Everything!