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SPD officer says he would have confronted school shooter

Police train constantly for a situation like the school shooting in Florida. He said there is no doubt he would have confronted the shooter.

Posted: Feb. 23, 2018 5:45 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A Springfield Police Officer said they train constantly for situations like the shooting at a Florida high school. He said he has no doubts that he would have confronted the shooter, and taken him out.

Officer Darin Vetter said he was surprised by the actions of the deputy being criticized for sitting outside a door of the building, and not entering.

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"I think I would definitely enter and stop the shooter," said Vetter.

He said there are different training models but the training Springfield police officers undergo is fairly simple. He said officers will respond, enter the school, engage the shooter, and stop the shooter.

A key portion of the training is reminding himself every day that today could be the day he's asked to engage a shooter and stop them.

"Eighty-five percent of shooters are either students or former students so you always have to be vigilant and know that that's going to be a possible part of your day that you may have to engage a shooter and stop them," Vetter said.

Officer Vetter said the deputy in Florida may have been trained to wait for SWAT to arrive before going in. Vetter said for the deputy to wait outside, hearing the screams and gunfire inside would have compelled him to go in regardless of training.

"We know that we're the last line of defense and schools contain the most vulnerable segment of the population, so, we're going to do everything that we can do to stop that if it's on our campus," Vetter said.

He said going in is something the students, families, and staff expects and it is also what the police department expects.

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