Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Active Shooter

An active shooter started shooting American Airmen at an airport in Germany. The suspect is a Muslim extremist who showed up with a handgun to murder as many Americans as he was able to kill. He shot four, but his gun jammed. The suspect was taken into custody by German airport police. This incident saw four people shot by a suspect who only stopped because his gun jammed at a major international airport with police all over the location. This shows how quickly an active shooter can kill and wound people in a very short period of time.

Active shooter response requires an instantaneous response. Some agencies still rely on a SWAT team to form and go into the active shooter event. That’s just too slow. Some agencies rely on patrol rifles kept at the station in an armory. There is just not enough time to go back to the station, pick up and load rifles and then intervene in a timely manner.

Every beat patrol officer must have a loaded patrol rifle in their vehicle. They must be trained in active shooter response and rifle marksmanship. They need to be able to assemble a team to three to five officers at the scene in a couple minutes and then enter the scene to put the active shooter down. Every minute wasted in response to an active shooter situation is more killed and injured people; that’s what the SGT Says.

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