YORK, S.C. -- Dozens of members from several different law enforcement agencies in York trained together Wednesday for a scenario that they hope to never have to deal with.
The York County Sheriff's Office held the Active Shooter training, which allowed officers the chance to learn new techniques and brush up on their previous training in dealing with a very deadly situation—In this case a person armed and shooting people at a place with lots of rooms and open spaces, places a shooter could hide or pick off victims including officers.
"Every year we seem to be having these active shooter events where we have these gunmen who go into businesses and schools," said Sgt. Buddy Brown of the York County Sheriff's Office. "We have a lot places in York County that are very similar to places where these events happened."
First, officers were given instructions about other active shooter incidents like Sandy Hook. They were also able to ask questions about how to handle these deadly types of stations. Groups were then formed and officers went through a number of different training, from the proper way to carry out an injured person with cover to how to enter a room with a partner.
"It does give you a better sense of what you possibly could encounter," said Kim Morehouse, who is an officer with the York County Sheriff's Office. She also went through the training. "It's good to do it on this level at least to have some basic experience with it before you end up in that situation."
Sgt. Brown said the goal of dealing with an active shooter is getting to the shooter and stopping that person before another person is wounded or killed.
"This is absolutely the worst case scenario that I can think of that we have to deal with but it's something that we have to be prepared in case it did happen,” Sgt. Brown noted. “The main focus is getting them in there quickly and dealing with the threat that's presented itself."