Sgt. Kimberly Munley, a civilian police officer, has earned the highest praise for taking down the Fort Hood gunman. She and her partner responded to the scene within 3 minutes, base commander Lt. Gen. Robert Cone reports, and she pumped four bullets into Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, from just a few feet away, while taking a bullet herself. “Really a pretty amazing and aggressive performance by this police officer,” Cone says.
The Fort Hood Police Department officer was directing traffic when the report of gunfire came in; she confronted Hasan as he was turning a corner, Cone said. "She walked up and engaged him," he said, calling her "one of our most impressive young police officers." Munley, who's in stable condition at a local hospital, is a trained first responder. Her Twitter bio reads "I live a good life ... a hard one, but I go to sleep peacefully @ night knowing that I may have made a difference in someone's life." (Read more Nidal Malik Hasan stories.)