FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- A civilian police officer told a military court Wednesday that he shot the gunman during last year's deadly rampage at Fort Hood, then secured the shooter in handcuffs and tried to save his life.
Police Sgt. Mark Todd told the Article 32 hearing that the gunman had been firing a pistol during the Nov. 5 attack and that suddenly the weapon's red laser sight was pointing right at him.
"I said, 'Halt! Military police!"' Todd testified. Instead, the gunman "fired a couple of rounds." Todd said he challenged the shooter again and the two exchanged gunfire.
When asked if he hit the gunman, Todd said: "Yes. I saw him wince a couple of times. I rushed him. I kicked the weapon, placed him in hand irons."
Todd, a member of the civilian police force at the Texas Army post, turned his attention to making sure the gunman survived.
"I started checking his vitals to try to save his life. Others came in and assisted. I saw other victims and checked on them," he testified.
The Article 32 hearing, now in its second week, will determine whether Maj. Nidal Hasan should stand trial on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the attack -- the worst mass shooting at an American military base.
Hasan, an Army psychiatrist who attended the hearing in a wheelchair, is paralyzed from the chest down from police gunfire that ended the onslaught.
In questioning from Col. James L. Pohl, the investigating officer in the case, Todd said the gunman had two weapons -- a semiautomatic pistol and another revolver. Todd said he removed the second revolver from the gunman's pocket after he secured him.
In later testimony, Army investigator Kelly Thomas Jameson said all the bullets recovered from the bodies of those killed and wounded in the attack had come from one weapon.
Earlier Wednesday, another police officer said she also exchanged fire with the gunman, but that she didn't know how many times she hit him, if at all.
"I did not see him fall. Not with my shots," Officer Kim Munley said under cross examination.
Asked to identify the gunman, Munley stood up, looked directly at Hasan and described him.
Munley told the court that she and Todd responded to a report of shots fired. The courtroom was played a video recorded by the dash-cam in Munley's parked police car that shows her and soldiers darting between vehicles as rapid bursts of gunfire ring out around them. The gunman cannot be seen.
"He was shooting. I was returning fire. I got hit in the thigh. ... and I got shot in the knee," Munley said.
She said her gun malfunctioned and that she placed it on the ground with the intention of fixing it, but that the shooter kicked it out of her reach. She said the gunman also seemed to be having weapon problems when Todd appeared from around a corner and ordered him to drop the gun.
Several witnesses at the hearing have said the gunman in an Army combat uniform shouted "Allahu Akbar!" -- "God is great!" in Arabic -- then opened fired in a crowded waiting area. They say he kept firing rapidly, pausing only to reload, and shot people as they hid under tables or curled up in chairs -- even shooting soldiers after they fled outside.
At some point after the hearing, Pohl will recommend whether Hasan should go to trial. That decision -- and whether the Army will seek the death penalty -- ultimately will be made by Fort Hood's commanding general.
Hasan remains jailed. There is no bail in the military justice system.