“A hero”: Sheriff says first officer on scene single-handedly took down Hesston shooter

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HESSTON, Kan. -- The Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said the first law enforcement officer to arrive on the scene of the deadly workplace shooting on Thursday was alone, and single-handedly took down the shooter.

"Even though he took fire, he went inside of that place and saved multiple, multiple lives," Walton said in a previous interview. "[He's] a hero, as far as I'm concerned."

Cedric Ford is the suspect in a shooting that killed three people at a lawn care company in Kansas.

Cedric Ford is the suspect in a shooting that killed three people at a lawn care company in Kansas.

Sheriff Walton said the officer, whose name is not being released at this time, took down Cedric Ford, who killed three people and injured 14 others in the rampage Thursday that ended at Excel Industries, the lawn care equipment manufacturer where Ford worked. The identities of the shooting victims has not yet been released.

No law enforcement official was injured during the shooting.

"We had other officers there on the outside, and he went in," Sheriff Walton said. "He had to stop that threat."

Sheriff Walton added that the officer did what he needed to do because there were 200-300 people inside of the building at the time of the shooting.