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Preparing for the unthinkable

Area law enforcement practice shooter exercise at Sunset Elementary School


Al Stover

Airway Heights police officers Andrew Richman, Jacob Keith, and Matthew Keetch move through the hallways on their way to neutralize a shooter during the live shooter exercise at Sunset Elementary.

The screech of the fire alarm and the screams of wounded civilians filled the air as three Airway Heights police officers walked through the hallways of Sunset Elementary, their guns aimed forward. As they reached the end of the hall, the officers entered classroom 405 and neutralized the shooter who had entered the building and opened fire on civilians.

This was the start of the live shooter demonstration at Sunset, April 10. The purpose of the drill was to test the new national response models for neutralizing a shooter and providing rapid care to the injured during these type of situati...

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