Officer Kim Munley, pictured here with country singer Dierks Bentley at a July 4 Fort Hood festival, in a photo from Munley's Twitter account.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspected Fort Hood shooter in the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspected Fort Hood shooter in a massacre on the Army base that left 13 dead and 30, including the gunman, wounded
Nov. 5: Daniel Clark comforts his wife Rachel Clark at the main gate in Fort Hood, Texas, after mass shootings there killed 13.
Nov. 6: Federal agents search the apartment of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan in Killeen, Texas.
Nov. 5: Soldiers gather outside the gate at Fort Hood after learning of the attack.
A map showing the location of a mass shooting at Ft. Hood Army post in Killeen, Texas.
A female civilian police officer is being hailed as a hero in the aftermath of a gunman's rampage at Fort Hood — an outbreak of violence that the officer is credited with ending by shooting the alleged gunman four times despite being shot herself.
The attack killed 13 people and wounded 38 others at the Texas military post, but the carnage ended there, thanks to the quick response of Fort Hood Police Sgt. Kimberly Munley.
Munley and her partner responded within three minutes of reports of gunfire on Thursday, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said Friday. Authorities say Munley, 34, exchanged fire with the gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who remains comatose in a Texas hospital. Munley is in stable condition, officials said.
"It was an amazing and an aggressive performance by this police officer," Cone said.
Munley's Twitter page has been deluged by well-wishers since the tragic shooting.
"You are a true heroine and we are deeply grateful for your courage," one posting read. "Best Wishes for a full and quick recovery."
Another posting read, "Stand tall girl! I'm here to tell you your sisters in policing are very proud of the courage you displayed yesterday. You ARE what being 'on the job' is all about. Your bravery in the line of fire will be long remembered."
Attempts to reach Munley's relatives were unsuccessful Friday.
According to her Twitter account, Munley lives a "good life."
".... a hard one, but I go to sleep peacefully @ night knowing that I may have made a difference in someone's life," her page reads.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.