Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist on trial for the November 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, will soon have his chance to present his defense.
Prosecutors in the court martial rested their case Tuesday after calling nearly 90 witnesses over two weeks.
Earlier on Tuesday, the court heard a statement from retired Fort Hood police officer Mark Todd. Todd was one of two civilian police officers to respond to the shooting rampage.
Todd said he arrived with fellow officer Kimberly Munley. They spotted Hasan and ordered him to drop his weapon. Hasan fired and then fled.
Todd chased Hasan and remembers seeing a gunfight between Munley and the shooter. Todd said Hasan shot Munley and then charged towards her. At that point, Todd said he again ordered Hasan to stop, which is when Hasan fired at Todd. Todd fired back, hitting Hasan and knocking him to the floor.
The court also heard from Maj. Anthony Bonfiglio, a soldier who at the time was going through his psychiatry residency at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland. Bonfiglio said that Hasan had wanted to apply for a two-year fellowship to avoid deployment.
Having worked with Hasan at the Darnall Army Medical Center, Dr. Tonya Kozminski also testified Tuesday morning. She recalled a conversation she had with the defendant in which Hasan said that if they deploy him overseas, “they will pay.”
Outside of the courtroom, members of the media are learning more about Hasan’s psychological evaluation following the shooting.
He told the evaluators that he was aware that a college graduation was talking place at Fort Hood the day of the attack. He said that he headed to a crowded auditorium for “more targets,” but decided not open fire because he couldn’t discern which were graduates were soldiers and which were civilians.
Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted.