SCSO practices for situations like Colorado theater massacre

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by Katie Utehs & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE--The shooting at Columbine was the starting point for active shooter training for law enforcement in Spokane County.
 
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says Spokane County played a role in creating plans and if a shooting was to happen here we'd be ready.

Law enforcement calls scenes like Colorado's movie theater massacre an "active shooter" situation.  It's where a suspect is armed and wreaking havoc.  The need for active shooter training became apparent after the Columbine school shooting, which happened not far from Friday's shooting.

It's training they practice annually, because active shooter scenarios can happen anywhere.  Most recently two Spokane County deputies were shot while pulling over a wanted suspect.  A student made threats with a loaded gun at Lewis and Clark High School in 2005.

After the scene is cleared, law enforcement uses active shooter incidents to prepare for the next.  They identify each and every place there was a weakness throughout the system.

The sheriff says it's still too early, but at some point they will review the Colorado shooting as well to see if there's anywhere improvements could be made for active shooter responses.
 

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