Officer who stopped Ohio State stabbing attack identified, 11 people hospitalized

OSU Officer Alan Horujko  is pictured on the left. He's credited with stopping suspected attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan on the right. (Courtesy: WCMH )
OSU Officer Alan Horujko is pictured on the left. He's credited with stopping suspected attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan on the right. (Courtesy: WCMH )

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Today, students with the Ohio State University will go back to classes after an attack on campus Monday morning.

A man plowed his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University and began stabbing people with a butcher knife Monday before he was shot to death by a police officer. Police said they are investigating whether it was a terrorist attack.

Eleven people were hurt, one critically.

The attacker was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born legal permanent resident of the U.S., according to a U.S. official wasn’t authorized to discuss details of the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The FBI and other agencies joined the investigation.

Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said that the assailant deliberately drove over a curb outside a classroom building, got out of the vehicle and began to cut people in a crowd with a butcher knife.

OSU police officer Alan Horujko, who was nearby because of a gas leak, arrived on the scene within a minute of the attack beginning and shot and killed the driver.

“A police officer was on the scene within a minute and killed the assailant. He engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat,” Stone said.

Officer Horujko is a Cincinnati native who joined the OSU Police Department in January of 2015.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in security and intelligence. During his time as a student, he served as a Student Safety Service officer between 2010 and 2012.

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