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Police chief who took down Hesston gunman says any other officer would have done the same

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A police chief who rushed without backup into a Kansas lawnmower factory and fatally shot a gunman who had killed three people and wounded 14 more, says he is no hero.

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said Tuesday that any police officer would have acted as he did in those circumstances.

In his first public statement since the Feb. 25 shootings at the Excel Industries factory in Hesston, Schroeder said God had prepared him throughout his life and career to deal with that situation.

About 300 people were working second shift at the factory when Cedric L. Ford opened fire killing three people and wounding 12. He had shot and wounded two other people as he drove to the plant.

Hesston is about 30 miles north of Wichita.