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The Latest: Positive records for officer who shot attacker

Posted 6:07 p.m. Wednesday
Updated 6:09 p.m. Wednesday

FILE - This August 2016 file photo provided by TheLantern.com shows Abdul Razak Ali Artan in Columbus, Ohio. Authorities identified Artan as the Somali-born Ohio State University student who plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus and then got out and began stabbing people with a knife Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, before he was shot to death by an officer. The attack employed methods Islamic State extremists have suggested in a slick new online magazine. It isn't clear whether Artan ever saw or heard about the magazine's instructions, but in a Facebook post made before the attack, he said that if the U.S. wanted Muslims to stop carrying out "lone wolf attacks," it should make peace with the Islamic State group. The posts were recounted by a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation but wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. (Kevin Stankiewicz/TheLantern.com via AP, File)

— The Latest on a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

The personnel file of the police officer who shot and killed a knife-wielding attacker at Ohio State University contains high marks for the officer's performance in his short time on the job.

Four citizens sent emails to the university department thanking officer Alan Horujko (huh-RUJ'-koh) for his work handling problems from finding a lost cell phone to responding to a medical emergency.

The 28-year-old officer was hired in January 2015 and currently makes about $67,000 annually.

A March evaluation said Horujko dealt professionally with the university community and made sound decisions despite being a new officer.

He was encouraged to be more "pro-active and enforcement oriented."

Horujko was also counseled not to accept gratuities after he received a coupon for ice cream from a grateful motorist.


4:40 p.m.

The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee says it seems clear that the attacker at Ohio State University had been radicalized online.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California said Wednesday there are no signs the Somali-born Ohio State student had any direct communication with terror groups overseas.

Law enforcement officials said earlier Wednesday that it's too soon to say if the attack is linked to terrorism, but they are looking at whether Abdul Razak Ali Artan was inspired by the Islamic State group.

Schiff says there doesn't seem to be much time between the beginnings of Artan's radicalization and when he carried out the attack Monday that injured 11 people.

He says this might be a case that was simply unpreventable.

Artan was fatally shot by a police officer.


4:15 p.m.

A preliminary autopsy shows the attacker at Ohio State University died from gunshots to the head and chest.

A campus police officer shot the Somali-born student within a minute of his car-and-knife attack that left 11 hurt on Monday morning.

The coroner's office in Columbus said Wednesday that it could take eight more weeks before it can issue a final report on the death of Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

Investigators said Wednesday that the 18-year-old bought a knife on the morning of the rampage, but it's not clear if that's the weapon he used.

The FBI also says the investigation has not found that anyone else was involved in the attack or the planning of it.

Authorities are looking into whether the attack is linked to terrorism.


2:15 p.m.

The FBI says a Somali-born student who carried out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University may have been inspired by the Islamic State group along with a former al-Qaida leader.

Law enforcement officials said Wednesday that it's too soon to say the rampage that hurt 11 people on Monday was terrorism.

The FBI says it is looking to verify whether Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan posted rantings on Facebook about U.S. interference in Muslim lands on the morning of the attack.

Police also say Artan bought a knife before the attack but do not know if that was the weapon he used.

The 18-year-old was fatally shot by a police officer shortly after driving into pedestrians and then slashing people with a knife.


11 a.m.

Ohio State University students are continuing to offer messages of support following an attack on campus that injured nearly a dozen people.

All four panels of a two-sided board in the student union were filled with messages Wednesday, two days after 11 people were hurt in a car-and-knife attack carried out by OSU student Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

Writers using markers have contributed Bible verses, famous quotations and well-wishes to both the victims and police.

A number of students stopped by Wednesday to check out the board. Around them, a tour guide led prospective students and their parents out into the drizzling morning.

Artan was fatally shot Monday morning by a police officer shortly after the attack began.

Columbus police planned an update on the investigation later Wednesday.


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