Munley Was Ex-Partner's 'Mighty Mouse'

This July 4, 2009 photo obtained Nov. 6, 2009 from the Twitter page of Sgt Kimberly Munley shows Sgt. Munley at Freedom Fest in Frisco, Texas. Officials say 34-year-old Munley ended the shooting spree at Fort Hood on Thursday, Nov. 5 when she shot and wounded alleged shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Munley was wounded in the shooting, and was recovering Friday in stable condition. (AP Photo/via Sgt. Munley's Twitter page AP Photo

Sgt. Kimberly Munley, the police officer who confronted and shot the alleged Fort Hood gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is being hailed as a hero.

But her quick thinking and bravery are nothing new.

Her former police partner, Investigator Shaun Appler, spent two years fighting crime by her side with the Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Police Department, and says Munley once saved his life. He calls her his "Mighty Mouse."

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Munley, 34, a civilian cop employed by the Army, started at the Wrightsville Beach department at the same time, in 2000. She was his partner for two years before leaving. They've remained good friends, Appler says.

"I'd rather have her by my side on patrol than anyone else," Appler told CBS News.

He's spoken with Munley in the wake of the Fort Hood shootings and says she's in "good spirits," being treated for gunshot wounds suffered while capturing Hasan.

Appler told "The Early Show Saturday Edition" co-anchor Erica Hill how Munley once came to his rescue.

"I was arresting a subject one night," he said, "and, during the arrest, we ended up rolling down a hill, and my flashlight went one way and my radio went another. And the suspect ended up on my back.

" ... Kim came up and, I swear to you, and I joke with her about this all the time, she came diving up onto the guy's back and -- I don't know if you remember back when you were a kid, the 'Mighty Mouse' theme -- "'Here I come to save the day'? She kind of jumped up on his back, and I swear, I heard that song in my head. And she ended up pulling him off me and we got him secured.

"(At that point), I realized my gun belt actually had been turned around to my back, and my gun was on my back, and the suspect had actually been trying to pull my weapon from its holster. And I've told her this for years, I call her 'Mighty Mouse' ever since then, and I know she saved my life that night."

Appler says he wasn't surprised at Munley's latest heroism. "She's not only physically strong," he observed, "I mean, I don't know if you know this, but she's vertically-challenged (five-feet-three-inches tall), but she packs a lot of might in that little frame. And not only is she physically tough, but she's also mentally tough. So it doesn't surprise me the way she reacted."

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