Officer Alan Horujko is being hailed as a hero after firing the shot that killed a man who hit a group of pedestrians with his car on OSU’s campus before stabbing at the victims with a knife.
The emergency dispatch center got a call of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian at 9:52 a.m. and Horujko was able to respond shortly after.
Horujko engaged the suspect, now being identified as 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, shot and killed him.
Ten people in total were transported to nearby hospitals with only one person in critical condition.
Here are five things that you need to know about officer that stopped this violent attack:
1. Right place, right time
Horujko was working on campus at Ohio State when the attack took place and was able to respond quickly because he had just been called near the scene to attend to a fire alarm, according to officials
The director of public safety at Ohio State, Monica Moll said at a press conference that the car drove into the crowd of people at 9:52 a.m., according to a tweet from Ohio State A&P.
Horujko reported that there was a man with a knife a few seconds later and then called out “shots fired” and reported one person down at 9:53 a.m.
Police stand guard outside a residence of interest during their investigation into an earlier attack at the Ohio State University campus, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Horujko’s family spoke exclusively with Journal-News saying their son is a graduate from the 2007 class of the Butler County high school, where he was a part of the school’s rocket club.
Jill Wilhelm, Fairfield High School band director had Horujko as a clarinet player in the marching band.
“He comes from a wonderful family, and they instilled in him some great values. He was fun-loving in high school and very out-going,” Wilhelm said.
3. He joined the police force in 2015
According to Horujko’s LinkedIn profile, he graduated from Ohio State University with a major in security and intelligence in 2012.
He joined the Ohio State University police force in January of 2015.
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28: Police investigate the scene where an individual used a car to crash into a group of students outside of Watts Hall on the Ohio State University campus on November 28, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. At least nine people were injured when a suspect reportedly drove into a crowd of pedestrians and slashed several people with a knife before being fatally shot by university police. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
4. Community thanks for his quick reaction
Monica Moll said in a news conference that Horujko “did a fabulous job” in ending the threat quickly and effectively, according to a Tweet from Ohio State A&P.
The university’s Emergency Management department’s Facebook praised Horujko for his service, parents, students and other members of the community began speaking up.
Facebook user Meaghan Marie wrote in the comments of the post, “Thank you for your amazing service and quick response and stopping what could have been a much worse incident. Praying for all of the victims and those who still have to recover. You are an absolute hero!!”
Another user, Deb DeRossett Silvers commented: “My son is an OSU student who was close to the attack area. Thank you, so much, for the brave and heroic work you do and the quick action you took today. God bless.”
5. What the future holds
A Fairfield High School grad, Horujko plans to be married in October of 2017 at a church in Columbus.
According to theknot.com, Horujko and his fiancé met attending college together in 2007, they went on their first date in 2014 and he proposed to her in Chicago two years later.