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APD Holds Active Shooter Training

Updated: Monday, August 25 2014, 07:54 PM CDT
With weapons drawn, and ready for an active shooter, Austin Police Department held a training session at St. David's Episcopal Church.
Practicing what it would be like to clear hallways and classrooms if someone in the building had a gun.

"All our training that we are having here is training academy approved based on what we learned from active shooters throughout the country," APD Commander Troy Officer said.

Officers tell us you can help in an active shooter situation by knowing what to do, like taking cover and being a good witness.

"The most important thing for responding officers is to have some information, what is the shooter wearing, where are they, where are they heading?" Officer said. 

Gun owners tell us they watched as the horrifying scene at a Colorado movie theater unfolded, after an active shooter walked into one theater and just opened fire.

It's a reason many people tell us they are  now applying for concealed hand gun licenses.

"I feel like because I have protection on me, I would feel a lot safer," CHL applicant Dominic Bunch said.

But it's important to remember even in those situations police advise against trying to be a hero.

Dominic Bunch says his CHL class has prepared him to know when to step up and when to stand down.

 "I don't want to, I don't plan to but on the occasion any given day you never know," Bunch said. 

By: Rachel Kent
APD Holds Active Shooter Training


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