Archive for Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Off-duty officer helped stop shooter at mall

February 14, 2007

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— An off-duty police officer having an early Valentine's Day dinner with his wife was credited Tuesday with helping to stop a rampage in a crowded shopping mall by an 18-year-old gunman who shot five people to death before he was killed by police.

A day after the shooting, investigators struggled to figure out why a trench-coated Sulejmen Talovic opened fire on shoppers with a supremely calm look on his face.

The teenager wanted "to kill a large number of people" Monday and probably would have killed many more if not for the off-duty officer, Police Chief Chris Burbank said.

Ken Hammond, an off-duty officer from Ogden, north of Salt Lake City, jumped up from his seat at a restaurant after hearing gunfire and cornered the gunman, exchanging fire with him until other officers arrived, Burbank said.

The victims were identified as Jeffrey Walker, 52, Vanessa Quinn, 29, Kirsten Hinkley, 15, Teresa Ellis, 29, and Brad Frantz, 24.

Four people who were wounded remained hospitalized.

Comments

Janet Lowther 8 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if this mall was a "No gun zone."

Utah has had concealed carry for years, so the only reason I can think of for there being only one off-duty cop to deal with the murderous miscreant was the mall owners forbade their customers from having adequate means to defend themselves.

If this is the case, the mall owners should be held liable for all the damages.

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