Huntsville police train locals for active shooter scenario
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Tuesday the Huntsville Police Department hosted an active shooter training seminar for the public at the Jaycee’s building.
The department broke down best practices and the need to act quickly to the roughly 200 attendees.
Sgt. Tony McElyea said the public needs to know it has options in a active shooter situation.
“It seems like everyday you turn on a TV there’s another active shooter event somewhere across the United States. Unfortunately it is that way right now. It is information people want to know,” he said.
McElyea and his colleagues said seconds matter, so making quick and decisive decisions is crucial.
The department laid out three basic options: avoid, deny and defend.
Avoid involved being aware of ones surroundings, identifying the nearest exit and making a run for it.
Officers urged attendees to “have a script” and think about their exit beforehand.
Deny included barring the shooters entry into a room, including locking the door, barricading the door or using belts to hold the door closed.
Defend came with simple instructions: be aggressive and go for the gun first.
HPD recommended going for the shooters vulnerable areas, including eyes, groin and throat.
If you didn’t make the meeting, the Huntsville Police Department said it will go to your place of worship, business or organization to give the presentation.
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