Officer who finally killed gunman hailed as hero who saved many other lives.
From THE GUARDIAN | by Alan Yuhas: The gunman who killed three people in Kansas on Thursday was served with a protection order by police just 90 minutes before the shooting, the local sheriff has said
Sheriff T Walton named Cedric Ford, 38, as the shooter in a press conference early on Friday morning. Ford was shot dead by police at the factory in Hesston where he had worked before the rampage. Walton said that Ford was an employee of the factory, Excel Industries, a manufacturer of lawn care products about 35 miles north of Wichita.
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Public records show that Ford, raised in south Florida, had several criminal charges and convictions in his native state. In the early 2000s, he was convicted of burglary, grand theft and fleeing from an officer, and in 1997 he was convicted for an illegal concealed firearm. He was released from the Florida prison system in 2007, and in Kansas he had a misdemeanor conviction for brawling in 2008.
Local news KWCH obtained a copy of the restraining order placed against Ford, in which the complainant described him as “an alcoholic, violent, depressed”.
“It’s my belief he is in desperate need of medical [and] psychological help,” the complainant wrote. The person who requested the order also described the incident of concern, saying that on 5 February, a verbal fight “became physical by him pushing then grabbing me”.
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