Fort Hood hearing testimony continues
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
The Article 32 Hearing for Maj. Nidal Hasan continued today. The officers who shot Hasan down in the middle of the shooting rampage told their side of the story in court today, identifying Maj. Hasan as the shooter in the Nov. 5 attack.
A recording from police officers' patrol cars was played. It showed the scene of the shooting as police arrived. Shots and people can be heard on the recording. Officer Munley was shot three times before the shooter was taken down by another officer. She described the shooter's expression as blank and determined as they exchanged fire.
Sgt. Mark Todd, Sr., the fort hood police officer who took down the shooter, was the 50th witness to describe the rampage. Sgt. Todd chased after the shooter, ordering him to drop his weapon. He eventually stopped him after seeing a laser pointed toward him and shots were fired.
Sgt. Todd said when the shooter went down, he cuffed him and emptied his pockets. The shooter's pockets contained a bullet magazine, two guns and a cell phone. Paramedics took over after that, and Todd went on to help other victims.
Another intense moment in the courtroom, Officer Munley described the moments before the shooting stopped. She says the shooter came up to her while she was on the ground after being shot, and kicked the weapon away from her. Then he walked away while she crawled to her weapon.
That's when Sgt. Todd gave commands to the shooter to drop the weapon, eventually shooting and taking out the shooter.
Courtroom sketch artist, Pat Lopez, described the feeling in the courtroom. Lopez says, "If it weren't for the other officer that shot the shooter, she'd be gone too. That was very very emotional."
Sgt. Todd says he shot 5 rounds before Hasan fell to the ground. Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 shooting at Fort Hood.