Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton described the police chief as a “tremendous hero,” who killed the Kansas gunman in a shootout. Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder ended the assault at the Excel Industries lawnmower plants, when he killed the gunman.
Cedric Ford, armed with a .223-calibre assault-style rifle and a pistol, fired randomly as co-workers and others for more than 30 minutes on Thursday. He wounded fourteen people and is suspected of killing three in the shootout, says NT News.
Walton, who described the officer as a hero, said that 200 or 300 people were still in the factory and the “shooter wasn’t done by any means.”
“The man was not going to stop shooting,” said Walton. “The only reason he stopped shooting is because that officer stopped the shooter.”
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback states that initial data identifies the hero officer as Schroeder, who did not wait for backup to arrive and planned to “seize the situation.”
According to his LinkedIn profile, Schroeder has been on the force since 1998.
The ordeal initiated with Ford firing out of his car and wounding two people, while he was on his way to the factory. He drove through two cities, according to authorities. He went to Excel Industries in a car he had stolen from a victim.
Before entering the factory, he shot someone in the parking lot, says ABC News.
Recent information says that Ford was served with a court order, 90 minutes prior to the killing spree, to stay away from a woman who was allegedly abused by Ford.
The protection from abuse court order was handed out to Ford on Thursday at the factory. Authorities believe that this may have triggered the mayhem.
A 28-year-old woman, Sarah T. Hopkins, was charged on Friday with illegally transferring a semi-automatic rifle similar to an AK-47 and a Glock .40-calibre handgun, to Ford.
Hopkins and Ford had a 2-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.