Looking Back at the Fort Hood Shooting

Written by Greg Ellifritz

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Written by: Greg Ellifritz

I was doing some active killer research and came across this excellent recap of all of the events that took place in the (first) Ft. Hood shooting.


Read this extremely detailed account of the Ft. Hood activer shooter (terrorist) incident. Whether you are a cop, soldier, or citizen, think about how you would respond in an event like this.


Some very interesting passages:


“Inside a nearby medical processing building, investigators found six empty magazines and 146 spent shell casings amid the blood and bodies. An additional 68 casings and three empty magazines were recovered in a grassy area where Hasan stalked fleeing soldiers.”


That’s A LOT of bullets fired! This isn’t the average incident with fewer than one magazine fired before the shooter takes his own life or flees. Does this fact make you think about your daily loadout?


“Munley said she couldn’t get a clear shot at the gunman at first, because so many soldiers were running behind him. “I did not want any friendly fire,” she said.”


Think about this from the perspective of both a responder (how do I take an angle to get the shooter, but no one else) and from the perspective of a witness or victim…get the hell out of the way!


“Shots slammed into a rain gutter above Munley, sending shrapnel into one of her hands. She could see the gunman closing in, she recalled, so she rose to take a standing shooting stance”


Hands get shot all the time in gunfights. How good are you at your one-handed and off handed shooting? What about one-handed malfunction drills?


Munley said her Beretta 9 mm handgun jammed. She frantically tried to unjam her gun, she said, and “the shooter comes and kicks my weapon out of my hands.”


Guns jam all the time in gunfights. This is a bad position to be in. Know how to reflexively clear pistol malfunctions. Better yet, carry a backup gun and transition to it!


“Her Beretta skittered about three feet. She crawled toward it. “I notice he’s struggling or having some sort of problem with his weapon,” Munley testified. “He begins to walk in the other direction.”


Fortunately, the bad guy’s gun can jam too. He had a backup gun, but didn’t transition to it. That fact alone saved Ofc. Munley’s life.


“Todd said he ran up, kicked the man’s weapon away and flipped him on his belly to handcuff him. Reaching into Hasan’s pants pockets, Todd said, he found a formidable arsenal: six loaded magazines for Hasan’s semiautomatic, as well as a loaded, unused revolver and a cellphone.”


Don’t assume that a bad guy only has one gun. Approaching a downed person who isn’t clearly out of the fight is a dangerous act. Be careful and always think about his backup guns.


In an event like this it would also be smart to think about any explosives he might be carrying…either command-detonated or set on a timer. Again, be cautious on your approach!


“Richter said he sprinted out as Todd handcuffed the wounded major. He grabbed the major’s pistol, thinking he might need it if there was a second gunman. The major, a medical administrator, said the gun was jammed and its barrel was so hot from repeated firing that he burned his fingers.”


This is a smart man. Don’t forget “Battlefield Pickup” techniques. If you can get a better gun (or any gun if you are unarmed), do it. Know how to load, clear and shoot everything. How many of you could clear a malfunction and shoot a FN 5.7mm pistol? It’s not hard, but this isn’t a common gun that a lot of people see.  Just recognize that should you choose to use the shooter’s weapon, responding cops might think you are the shooter.  Not many armed citizens or off duty police officers run around with an AK-47 rifle.  If you “battlefield pickup” something like an AK, be very cognizant of the fact that cops will be coming.  As soon as the there is no longer a threat, drop the weapon and get your hands up so you won’t be shot by responding officers.





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5 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. MD says:

    The link to the article in the first paragraph appears to be broken.

  2. caleb says:


    What do you think of the verbal commands from the responding officers?

    Article says …

    “Spotting the gunman, Todd shouted repeated commands to surrender. The gunman opened fire. Todd said he could see the gunman’s pistol had a laser sight. Todd fired and the gunman retreated around a corner of the building. Todd said he then heard volleys that sounded like two different weapons.

    Lands on back

    Todd went in the direction of the noise. He saw the gunman standing near a telephone pole. Todd said he again screamed orders to surrender. The gunman fired. Todd shot back five times, he testified. “I saw him wince a couple of times. Then he slid down the pole. When he landed, he landed on his back.”

    1. So officer is responding to known active shooter incident

    2. hears him killing/shooting at people

    3. issues “repeated” verbal commands before shooting at him, killer retreats

    4. follows killer and again issues verbal command before starting to shoot again?

    I recognize that a) I’m not LEO of any type so I don’t know the laws/SOP’s here and b) I could be reading into it too much, who knows, he could have been ducking behind cover and merely yelling surrender commands because … whatever right?

    But in a situation as clear as this — arrive on scene, shoot guy who is shooting unarmed people? Preferably in the back if you have the opportunity?

    • Greg Ellifritz says:

      There is a time to shoot and a time to talk. This was a time to shoot. I would not have given any warnings if he was actively targeting anyone. The supreme court requires a verbal warning before lethal force “when feasible.” I would argue that it isn’t feasible in cases like this.

  3. Ken Goetz says:

    Great point on the spare loads carried….I now carry 4 spare mags on my belt…as well as the local PD’s are now carrying 4 mags on their belts, as well !!