HESSTON, KS – Thirty minutes of terror ends with four dead in two Kansas towns. It began in Newton, and ended eight miles later in Hesston when police shot and killed 38-year old Cedric Ford, but not before he killed three others.
"Mr. Ford, who was residing in Newton, Kansas, had been served a PFA, that's a protection order, at 3:30 that afternoon,” Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton told reporters. “Three-thirty he gets served, five o’clock we have the first shooting.”
The first 911 call to Newton police was about a man shot while driving his two children. Cops say Ford then drove to Excel Industries in Hesston, where he worked.
Matt Jerrell, a friend and co-worker, was in the building during the shooting. "I witnessed him shoot the shots. I saw the shell casings come out of the assault rifle. I mean, that vivid, I can still see it."
The first law enforcement officer on the scene was the one who shot Ford and killed him. “That particular officer was a hero,” said Sheriff Walton.
Police say as many as 300 people were in the building when the shooting started, and that Ford appeared to be determined to kill as many of them as he could.