'Heroic' Female Cop Stopped Fort Hood Shooter
Ivan Lopez was being assessed for PTSD
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2014 12:56 AM CDT
Updated Apr 3, 2014 7:57 AM CDT
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the senior officer on base, speaks with the media outside of an entrance to the Fort Hood military base.   (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)

(Newser) – The man who shot three people dead at Fort Hood military base before killing himself has been identified as Army Spec. Ivan Lopez, a military truck driver who was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder. The Texas base's commander says the 34-year-old, who served in Iraq for four months in 2011, "had behavioral health and mental health issues" and had self-reported a traumatic brain injury after returning from Iraq, the Washington Post reports. Specifically, CNN reports that he suffered from depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric issues. "There is no indication that this incident is related to terrorism, although we are not ruling anything out," the commander says.

  • Authorities say the shooting spree began when Lopez entered a building and began firing a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol that he wasn't authorized to have on base, the AP reports. It was a privately-owned weapon he'd recently bought locally and had not registered at the base.
  • He then drove to another building and opened fire there. After he was confronted in a parking lot by a military policewoman who was about 20 feet away, he put his hands on his head before reaching into his jacket. He shot himself in the head when she drew her weapon, NBC News reports. It was "clearly heroic, what she did at that moment in time," the commander says, adding, "She did exactly what we expect of a United States soldier."
  • Authorities are investigating what sparked the rampage; officials believe it started with an argument in the base's motor pool. "There are initial reports there may have been an argument in one of the unit areas," the commander says.
  • At least 16 people were injured in the rampage, including three who are in critical condition, CNN reports.
  • Lopez is married and has a toddler daughter; a neighbor says Lopez's wife was "hysterical" when TV reports identified her husband as the shooter.

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truthman1959
Apr 7, 2014 11:43 AM CDT
Strange that we give them high powered rifles over there but don't trust them to carry on base. And when will we draw the line between these random mass shootings (not including the Fort Hood Islamic terrorist) and the psychotropic drugs?
yurmala
Apr 3, 2014 8:29 PM CDT
Was the MP girl that bad looking?!
true news
Apr 3, 2014 6:13 PM CDT
In light of the destructive politcal correctness tearing apart the fabric of our government the absurd comments being made must be addressed. It was "clearly heroic, what she did at that moment in time," the commander says, adding, "She did exactly what we expect of a United States soldier." What about the soldiers who died commander? those soldiers that you would not allow to carry a weapon because of an ignorant and defective ideology that says we can teach soldiers to use weapons , kill other combatants but we can NOT allow them to have the basic rights of every other American citizen to defend themselves and protect their own life or fellow soldiers when in their own country.May be a simplistic view but It is the reason bases were stripped of armed soldiers by past liberal presidents who were afraid of the military power existing on bases around the country that were armed and ready for defense. Wake up commander ! If just one of those now dead soldiers had a weapon he would still be alive and possibly the others as well. You insult every soldier with your platitudes and false sense of justice. “She did exactly what we expect of a United States soldier”?? Then why did you and your other mindless yes men, deny those that are now dead the same opportunity to do what is expected? I would like to say what I really think but have to exercise a great deal of restraint. Like any others in authority they don't deserve, that have no concept of justice, honor or duty; YOU,commander, are a despicable coward!