A stabbing attack of nine people at a St. Cloud, Minnesota mall could have been much worse. A reluctant hero, an off-duty police officer named Jason Falconer stopped the knife-wielding terrorist.
September 19, 2016.
More on Falconer: Falconer was the former police chief of Albany, Minnesota. Now, he works as a part-time officer with the Avon Police Department. He is a firearms training instructor who owns a firing range and firearms training facility. He’s a member of the United States Practical Shooters Association and has won medals in various shooting competitions. Falconer was at the Minnesota mall shopping, and happened to be in “right place at the right time,” St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said. The attacker, Adan, confronted Falconer after Adan had already stabbed nine people. Falconer ID’d himself as an officer and when Adan lunged at him, he fired, Kleis said. “Not only did he fire, the suspect went down, came back up on three different occasions,” Kleis said. “He protected others from being injured and potentially loss of life. Clearly, a hero.” He doesn’t want any of the spotlight. “I’ve been trying to stay away from it all, for the time being. See http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/19/health/jason-falconer-minnesota-mall-stabbing-trnd/
About the incident: “In a few bloody minutes, a man identified him as Dahir A. Adan, 22, rampaged through a St. Cloud Minnesota mall, stabbing 10 people before being fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. The violence is being investigated as terrorism. None of the victims, who ranged in age from 15 to 53, was killed in the attack. St. Cloud Police Chief William Anderson said a man dressed in a private security uniform asked at least one victim whether they were Muslim the assaulting 4 and referred to Allah during the attacks .“We are currently investigating this as a potential act of terrorism,” said the FBI’s Richard Thornton, speaking at a news conference at police headquarters.
Roughly 12 hours after the stabbings, a news agency said to speak for ISIL went to Twitter to claim credit for the mall violence. “The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to the citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition,” the posting by the AMAQ news agency read.
The suspect’s father, Ahmed Adan, said his son was born in Kenya but grew up in the United States. Dahir Adan was beginning his third year as a student at St. Cloud State University.
Jaylani Hussein, executive director in Minnesota of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Sunday that “we are definitely concerned about the potential for backlash in the community, both in the immediate run and the longer term.”