Officers in Arkansas trained to rush in, confront a gunman, agencies say

Columbine attack changed police handling of shootings

Posted: March 4, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.
Updated: March 5, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Police lead students away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 after a gunman opened fire inside, and an on-duty deputy failed to act. In Arkansas, law enforcement departments say they teach their officers that in such cases the first officer on the scene should immediately enter the building and confront the gunman.

As questions arise over one law enforcement agency’s response to the mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Fla., police departments across Arkansas say they expect their officers to confront a gunman immediately instead of waiting for a tactical team.

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