- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 20, 2010

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A civilian police officer on Wednesday said he shot the Fort Hood gunman several times, secured him in handcuffs and then tried to save his life.

Sgt. Mark Todd told a military court Wednesday that he verbally challenged the shooter, who responded with gunfire. Sgt. Todd said he fired at the gunman, who winced “a couple of times.”

The Article 32 hearing, now in its second week, is being held to determine whether Maj. Nidal Hasan will stand trial on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the attack — the worst mass shooting at an American military base.

Maj. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist who attended the hearing in a wheelchair, is paralyzed from the chest down from police gunfire that ended the Nov. 5 onslaught.


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