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

Published: Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 7:49 PM
Updated: Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 7:49 PM

OSU Police identify officer and suspect involved in today's attack

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.

Police 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.

COLUMBUS, 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.

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Reports: Dayton convenience store robbed by man with a knife

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:40 PM

Circle K robbed on Watervliet

Police are investigating a reported armed robbery at a Dayton Circle K location Wednesday afternoon. 

Officers responded to the business at 816 Watervliet Avenue around 12:10 p.m. after the robbery was reported. 

Initial reports indicate a man displayed a knife and made off with cash and cigarettes. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as new details become available.  

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Dayton woman ID’d as ‘aggressive’ driver killed in Riverside head-on collision

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 5:35 AM

Several ambulances and the coroner responded to a multi-vehicle accident on Woodman Avenue on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Update@1:12 p.m.:

Alpha Adams doesn’t show up in any recent DPD reports and has no Dayton Municipal Court or common pleas court cases.

She did have some old Miamisburg Municipal Court case driving stuff, all from 1996. They included: 

Feb. 14, 1996 – stop sign violation

Aug. 11, 1996 – improper lane usage, DWI of .147

Oct. 15, 1996 – speeding (40 in 25 zone) and driving under suspension which was amended to no operator’s license.

First report:

A 46-year-old woman killed in a head-on collision in Riverside Tuesday afternoon has been identified.

Alpha Adams, of Dayton, has been identified as the driver killed in the crash on southbound Harshman Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. 

An autopsy on the Woodman Park Drive resident is scheduled for today.

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Witnesses said she was driving erratically, “being aggressive and making hand gestures” just before she was involved in a head-on collision on southbound Harshman Road near Airway Road and Woodman Drive at about 3:45 p.m., Riverside police Sgt. Dave Crigler said.

Witnesses said the woman appeared to be driving erratically on Harshman, headed toward Airway, when she sideswiped a school bus, then hit a second vehicle as she continued on.

She drove left of center as she approached the intersection at Airway Road, striking another vehicle head-on, the sergeant said.

Three other people were injured in the accident that involved as many as eight vehicles, he said, and they have been taken to different hospitals.

One person was killed and three people were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident Tuesday on southbound Harshman Road, near Airway Road, in Riverside. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

There were no children on the school bus, Crigler said.

“We don’t exactly know what the hand gestures were,” the sergeant said.

Zeke Bowling, whose girlfriend was driving one of the vehicles struck in the incident, said she was taken to a hospital and his daughter and son were also in the girlfriend’s vehicle.

Bowling characterized the fatality was the result of a road rage incident.

Crigler said he could not confirm whether the fatality was the result of road rage.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Suspect in custody in 2nd standoff at Perry Twp. home

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 1:57 PM

Swat on standby Wolf Creek Pike

UPDATE @ 11:57 a.m.:

The suspect involved in this morning’s standoff is out of the Wolf Creek Pike home and is in custody, deputies said.

MARSHALL GORBY

We’re working to confirm the suspect’s identity.

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m.: 

A man who identified himself as David Clark, the suspect from the March 31 standoff, called this newsroom early Wednesday morning, saying that he was going to do something “newsworthy” today. 

RELATED: Boyfriend, girlfriend arrested after hours-long standoff at Perry Twp. home

Clark said he was “a peaceful person” but was planning to do something that was “going on the news today.” 

This news outlet, out of concern for public safety, immediately contacted law enforcement. The current standoff started a short time later. 

Investigators have yet to identify to this news outlet if Clark is the suspect in Wednesday’s ongoing standoff. 

Fire department called to Wolf Creek Pike

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.:

SWAT crews have arrived at the scene of an apparent standoff at a Perry Twp. home Wednesday morning. 

The standoff is currently occurring at the same house as a previous standoff on March 31, according to dispatch records. 

RELATED: Boyfriend, girlfriend arrested after hours-long standoff at Perry Twp. home

Two people were arrested in the March 31 incident, however, it was not clear if Wednesday’s incident is connected to the previous incident. 

Several officers continue to block both directions of South Wolf Creek Pike near Keener Road for the incident. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

FIRST REPORT

South Wolf Creek Pike is currently blocked in both directions between Keener and Air Hill roads in Perry Twp. due to police activity. 

Reports multiple deputies and officers are currently blocking the road, but additional details about the incident were not available. 

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Former Middletown police chief dies at age 80

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:12 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

In this 2006 file photo, Russell Dwyer, a former Middletown police chief, answers questions during an interview at the WPFB radio station in Middletown. Dwyer was a news reporter for the local station.
PAT AUCKERMAN/2006
In this 2006 file photo, Russell Dwyer, a former Middletown police chief, answers questions during an interview at the WPFB radio station in Middletown. Dwyer was a news reporter for the local station.(PAT AUCKERMAN/2006)

A former Middletown police chief has died.

Russell Dwyer, who served as police chief from 1975-87, died Monday night. He was 80.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin St. Burial in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Born Jan. 31, 1938 to Lillian and Lawrence Dwyer in Warren County, Ohio, Dwyer graduated from Franklin High School, attended Miami University, and was later awarded the Bishop Medal and a graduate of the FBI Dignitary Protection Academy.

Former Middletown Police Chief Russell Swyer.

Dwyer retired after 27 years of service from the City of Middletown/Division of Police where he served as police chief for 13 years. He was involved with many organizations and held various positions within the Middletown community; secretary/treasurer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police; secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police; founder of the Narcotics Division for the City of Middletown; founder of Safety Town; founding committee for the All American Weekend; member of the Chamber of Commerce; member of the Rotary Club; director of safety at Bob’s Truck Service; director of safety and vice president for Excel Trucking; news director for WPFB radio; and a member of the Madison Athletic Boosters.

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This 2006 file photo shows Russell Dwyer, a former Middletown police chief, at the WPFB radio station in Middletown. Dwyer was an on-air news reporter for the radio station.(PAT AUCKERMAN/2006)

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia Dwyer; children Anthony Dwyer (Molly), Robert Dwyer, Dennis Cox (Kathy) and Dana Stephens (Matt); sisters Norma Baird and Crystal Harsha (Ron); brothers Roger Dwyer (Kathy), Ralph Dwyer (Joyce) and Paul Dwyer (Marty); eight grandchildren, Russell Dwyer, Anthony Dwyer, Dylan Dwyer, Brandon Dwyer, Ashley Cox, Allison Cox, Alex Cornele and Lucas Cornele; four great grandchildren, and a very special caregiver, Mariah Smith.

Middletown police department’s Facebook page read: “With sad hearts we inform you that former Police Chief Russell Dwyer passed away last night. He was the Chief from 1975 -1987 and served the City of Middletown for over 30 years. MPD’s thoughts are with his family today.”

Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown’s police chief, said he met Dwyer after he had left the department. Every time, Muterspaw said, Dwyer took “a real interest” in his career.

“Always came up to shake my hand and said, ‘hello,’ which meant a lot to me as a new officer,” Muterspaw said.

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