Special training prepares officers for active shooters

7:54 PM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
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CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Minnesota law enforcement officers gathered for special training Tuesday against "active shooters." The training was as realistic as the officers could make it. Only plastic bullets were fired.

The training was conducted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Division. 26 deputies from 15 different jurisdictions were involved.

"It is good training," said Murray County Deputy Lucas Isder. "It helps every law enforcement officer be in touch with what's going on and be ready and prepared for any event that could happen."

In the scenarios practiced, the trainees assaulted a building to free hostages and shooting victims, while subduing the "active shooter" to prevent further injuries.

Funding for the training was from a grant from Homeland Security, according to a DPS spokesperson.

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