I am at Fort Hood this week so this is somewhat big news here at the moment. It is a tragedy for the friends and families of the policeman and the soldier. Why post it on ROKdrop, a blog focusing mainly on Korea? I think the story can teach us a lot and help us gain perspective of issues we have in Korea. But first, the article:
KILLEEN, TEXAS — Central Texas authorities have identified a Fort Hood soldier as the gunman who killed a police officer during an exchange of gunfire.
Killeen police said Tuesday that 24-year-old Dustin Cole was armed with an AK-47 assault weapon when he fatally shot officer Robert Hornsby, who died early Sunday morning.
Hornsby and other members of the police tactical team had responded to an apartment complex on complaints of an armed man threatening people at a pool. Police found Cole at his apartment and as they approached he backed into the apartment and began firing, killing Hornsby and injuring another officer. Cole also was killed.
The funeral for the 32-year-old Hornsby is scheduled for Thursday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
He was the married father of a 4-year-old and 1-year-old. [Army Times]
This is arguably a much more serious incident than anything which has occurred in Korea of late. What is interesting is what the article does not say and what has not happened here on the ground:
- No mention of the MP’s responding to this off post incident.
- No mention of MP’s, CID, or MPI investigating (or any other military law enforcement involvement in) this off post incident.
- Fort Hood units are not on lock down.
- No curfew has been established.
You will also note I have not involved myself in the investigation as I have no more law enforcement authority off installation than the MP’s do – just as it is in the sovereign country of the Republic of Korea.
It is about reaction and jurisdiction. USFK, area and installation commanders might take heed.