breaking news

Urbana’s new schools are priority as new board of education takes shape

Alan Horujko: 5 things to know about ‘hero’ who shot OSU attacker


Officer Alan Horujko is being hailed as a hero after firing the shot that killed a man who hit a group of pedestrians with his car on OSU’s campus before stabbing at the victims with a knife.

The emergency dispatch center got a call of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian at 9:52 a.m. and Horujko was able to respond shortly after.

Horujko engaged the suspect, now being identified as 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, shot and killed him.

Ten people in total were transported to nearby hospitals with only one person in critical condition.

Here are five things that you need to know about officer that stopped this violent attack:

1. Right place, right time

Horujko was working on campus at Ohio State when the attack took place and was able to respond quickly because he had just been called near the scene to attend to a fire alarm, according to officials

The director of public safety at Ohio State, Monica Moll said at a press conference that the car drove into the crowd of people at 9:52 a.m., according to a tweet from Ohio State A&P.

Horujko reported that there was a man with a knife a few seconds later and then called out “shots fired” and reported one person down at 9:53 a.m.

OSU attackPolice stand guard outside a residence of interest during their investigation into an earlier attack at the Ohio State University campus, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

2. Horujko is a local graduate

Horujko’s family spoke exclusively with Journal-News saying their son is a graduate from the 2007 class of the Butler County high school, where he was a part of the school’s rocket club.

Jill Wilhelm, Fairfield High School band director had Horujko as a clarinet player in the marching band.

“He comes from a wonderful family, and they instilled in him some great values. He was fun-loving in high school and very out-going,” Wilhelm said.

3. He joined the police force in 2015

According to Horujko’s LinkedIn profile, he graduated from Ohio State University with a major in security and intelligence in 2012.

He joined the Ohio State University police force in January of 2015.

OSUCOLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28: Police investigate the scene where an individual used a car to crash into a group of students outside of Watts Hall on the Ohio State University campus on November 28, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. At least nine people were injured when a suspect reportedly drove into a crowd of pedestrians and slashed several people with a knife before being fatally shot by university police. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

4. Community thanks for his quick reaction

Monica Moll said in a news conference that Horujko “did a fabulous job” in ending the threat quickly and effectively, according to a Tweet from Ohio State A&P.

The university’s Emergency Management department’s Facebook praised Horujko for his service, parents, students and other members of the community began speaking up.

Facebook user Meaghan Marie wrote in the comments of the post, “Thank you for your amazing service and quick response and stopping what could have been a much worse incident. Praying for all of the victims and those who still have to recover. You are an absolute hero!!”

Another user, Deb DeRossett Silvers commented: “My son is an OSU student who was close to the attack area. Thank you, so much, for the brave and heroic work you do and the quick action you took today. God bless.”

5. What the future holds

A Fairfield High School grad, Horujko plans to be married in October of 2017 at a church in Columbus.

According to theknot.com, Horujko and his fiancé met attending college together in 2007, they went on their first date in 2014 and he proposed to her in Chicago two years later.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Urbana’s new schools are priority as new board of education takes shape
Urbana’s new schools are priority as new board of education takes shape

Two new school board members and two incumbents will soon be sworn into office after winning seats on the Urbana School Board of Education. Incumbents Darren Thomas, Tim Lacy and political newcomers Amy Paul and Sarah Finch will sit on the board that will be tasked with making decisions about how the district utilizes a new high school and elementary...
Unemployment, abortion, among big issues awaiting Ohio lawmakers
Unemployment, abortion, among big issues awaiting Ohio lawmakers

When state lawmakers return to Columbus on Wednesday, they’ll have a long list of issues awaiting action: abortion bans, a fix for the unemployment compensation system, congressional redistricting, a capital budget bill, and more. But just seven session days are scheduled between now and the end of 2017 — and five of those days are marked...
Springfield police donate food to needy families for Thanksgiving
Springfield police donate food to needy families for Thanksgiving

The Springfield Police Division helped local families put food on the table this holiday season as part of its 26th annual Operation Thanksgiving. About 11 families received a full turkey dinner from Meijer, as well as a second box of groceries to help people get through the holiday season on Wednesday, said Officer Tom Selner with the division&rsquo...
Source: Mugabe granted immunity; safety in Zimbabwe ensured
Source: Mugabe granted immunity; safety in Zimbabwe ensured

Former President Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and was assured that his safety in Zimbabwe would be protected, Reuters reported. The announcement was part of a deal that led to the 93-year-old’s resignation, sources told Reuters. Mugabe, who had led Zimbabwe since its independence from Great Britain in 1980, resigned...
Poll: Americans wary about talking politics on Thanksgiving
Poll: Americans wary about talking politics on Thanksgiving

It’s OK to talk turkey during today’s Thanksgiving dinner, but a new poll reveals that more than a third of all Americans do not want to discuss politics. According to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, only two out of 10 people said they were eager to talk politics. Four out of 10 do not feel strongly...
More Stories