Saturday, December 6, 2014

Active Shooter

A gunman tried to set the Mexican consulate on fire and shot more than 100 rounds in downtown Austin, Texas recently.  The police eventually shot and killed the suspect.  Are you ready to respond to this type of incident?

Clearly this suspect was determined to kill people and was ready to take on the police.  Still, the police were able to respond quickly and take him down.  When faced with an active shooter in a public place it can be difficult to find him and determine where he is at at any given moment.

All he has to do is throw down his gun and take off his jacket to blend in with anyone in the crowd.  Identification of the suspect apart from the bystanders will be one of the most difficult parts of the response. It would also be easy to drive right past him if he is moving around in a downtown area.  Get good information from dispatch and then from responding units.  Most people will be running away from the suspects and seeking cover.  Look for the person who is not doing that; that's what the SGT Says.

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