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“We owe him a debt of gratitude:” Ohio State police officer thanked for quick response to attack

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio State University police officer was lauded Monday for quickly stopping a student who drove his vehicle into pedestrians and began stabbing them.

Officer Alan Horujko (Credit OSU Police)

Officer Alan Horujko (Credit OSU Police)

University President Michael Drake said he called Officer Alan Horujko, 28, “to thank him for following his training and being able to neutralize the circumstances within roughly one minute.”

Horujko shot and killed Abdul Razak Ali Artan when he failed to comply with orders to put down his weapon, officials said.

“We owe him a debt of gratitude,” said Monica Moll, director of OSU public safety. “He did a fabulous job today.”

The officer, an Ohio State graduate, has been with the campus force since January 2015.

Horujko at that time told The Lantern, the campus newspaper, that he worked with Study Safety Services.

“That’s kind of what led me to wanting to become a police officer,” he told the newspaper. “I just couldn’t see myself sitting in a cubicle.”

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, suspect in the Ohio State University attack rammed his car into a group of pedestrians before using a butcher knife to cut several people, university officials said.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, suspect in the Ohio State University attack rammed his car into a group of pedestrians before using a butcher knife to cut several people, university officials said.

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3 comments

  • Opinion8d

    Why is the media calling this guy a hero…. because he shot a black man?!?!? Did he really need to use deadly force? They only wounded the guy in NJ, yet they have to kill this one??? Maybe we was confused or couldn’t understand what the cop was saying -he was Somalian after all and could have had a language barrier. Does that really constitute deadly force?? If I sound ridiculous, this is exactly what most liberals are thinking right now…..glad this guy is dead.

  • Harry

    Switch your kool aid out guy, come on. You seem to have forgotten this ‘Somalian who (sic)after all could have had a language barrier’ had just used a motor vehicle as a deadly weapon and was in the process of using a butcher knife to cut and stab people when he was shot.