A female military police officer is being hailed a hero after she bravely approached the Fort Hood gunman who had just killed three people and injured 16 more in a horror shooting spree.
The cop, who has not yet been identified, risked her life to ensure Iraq war veteran Ivan Lopez, 34, didn’t harm anyone else Wednesday afternoon.
‘It was clearly heroic what she did,’ Lt Gen. Mark A. Milley, the commanding general of the military base, told reporters in a press conference Wednesday night.
‘She did her job and she did exactly what we would expect from a US military police,’ he added.
Milley said shots rang out at the Killeen, Texas, post around 4p.m. local time and that military police responded within 15 minutes.
He said Lopez entered one building and fired shots at individuals then returned to a vehicle before entering a second building to fire more shots.
He finally turned his weapon, a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol, on himself, after the officer confronted him in the parking lot.
Milley said: ‘He was approaching (the officer) at 20 feet, put his hands up and then reached under his jacket and pulled out the .45 caliber, she engaged and he put the gun to his head’ and killed himself.