Ohio State police officer thanked for quick response to attack

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio State University police officer was lauded for quickly stopping a student who drove his vehicle into pedestrians and began stabbing them.

University President Michael Drake said he called officer Alan Horujko, 28, “to thank him for following his training and being able to neutralize the circumstances within roughly one minute.”

Horujko shot and killed Abdul Razak Ali Artan when he failed to comply with orders to put down his weapon, officials said.

“We owe him a debt of gratitude,” said Monica Moll, director of OSU public safety. “He did a fabulous job today.”

Artan’s rampage ended in less than two minutes thanks to Horujko’s quick response, officials said.

Horujko called in the car at 9:52 a.m. A few seconds later, he called again to say he had engaged with the suspect. At 9:53 a.m., he called a third time to say he had shot the suspect.

It took Horujko three shots to kill Artan, Bower said.

“The cop that subdued the guy with the knife saved so many lives today,” officials said.

The officer, an Ohio State graduate, has been with the campus force since January 2015.

Horujko at that time told The Lantern, the campus newspaper, that he worked with Study Safety Services.

“That’s kind of what led me to wanting to become a police officer,” he told the newspaper. “I just couldn’t see myself sitting in a cubicle.”