AG recommends changes to shooting response

Published 10/21 2013 05:57PM

Updated 10/22 2013 12:46PM

Update: 10:01 pm
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- A student pulled out a gun and killed his teacher at a Nevada school Monday. Two others were hurt. It's the second deadly school shooting in less than a year. Now the federal government is calling on police to change how they respond. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has more.

The feds want local departments to take down the shooter. It's called Active Shooter Training. Officers on scene would no longer have to wait for back-up. They'd be able to take out the shooter without hesitation.

Parents rushing to school, holding their kids tight while police surround the building. It's no longer an uncommon scene.

"Unfortunately, it's not shocking anymore."

When UI Police officer Brian Tison heard about the Nevada shooting, he knew exactly what was going through the minds of first responders on the scene.

"When you hear shots, do you go in? Do you wait for your first back-up officer? Do you get a foreperson?"

But Tison doesn't have to ask himself those questions. The UI Police Department was one of the first in the country to start Active Shooter Training.

"We no longer wait. We immediately attack the problem."

They have the training to take out the shooter without waiting for SWAT or a back-up team.

"It should be required training."

That's what the Attorney General is asking for. He wants every local police officer in the country to be able to react immediately. Tison says hundreds of departments already have this training and it's starting to intimidate shooters.

"You can go back and look at school shootings in the last four or five years. Almost all of them end in suicide because they know the police are coming."

Tison and his department say they're prepared, but there's no magic answer to stop days like Monday from happening.

"As our tactics change, unfortunately, the bad guys' tactics change too."

The UI Police Department also has Active Shooter Training for the public. They have a class coming up Tuesday.

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Original: 5:57 pm
NATIONAL -- Attorney General Eric Holder wants to change the way local police respond to active shootings. He wants agencies to emphasize taking out the shooter before waiting on back-up teams.

Holder says between 2000 and 2008, the U.S. had an average of five active shooting incidents every year. Since 2009, the average has tripled.

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