Defense tactics to use on an active shooter

Defense tactics to use on an active shooter

MARTIN COUNTY, TX (KWES) - It can happen anywhere a hospital, school or even a church. That's why active shooter training is being taught throughout the state of Texas to show citizens ways to defend themselves in deadly situations.
"Bad guys strike when they think there are not going to be any police and probably anybody who's going to be able to fight back," said Lt. Eric Williams with the Texas Tech Police Department.

Williams travels all over the state of Texas teaching the public ways to defend themselves in case the unthinkable might happen.

"In the world we are living in right now, it's becoming more important to be aware of our surroundings and our activities," said Martin County Hospital CEO, Paul McKinney.

"People that are prepared will mitigate that fear of the active shooter, so when it happens, they're not going to be caught like a deer in head lights," said Williams.

Williams stresses places like hospitals need to get trained in defense tactics because they're often ground zero for active shooters.

"A distraught family, distraught patient, somebody mad about a bill or something. We want our staff to be prepared," said McKinney.

There are three key tactics highlighted in the training: get out, hide out and take out.

If you can get out, speed and distance from the shooter is important.

"If you can't get out, we want you to hide out, which basically means getting inside an office space, classroom, bathroom, whatever. Locking yourself in, barricading the door," said Williams. "Turn off the lights and don't make any noise."

When you are barricaded inside, it's time to prepare a counterattack, if the shooter gets inside. Stay low in a squatting position and go for the weapon. 
Gauge the shooters eyes or hit him in the throat. When the shooter is down, attempt to restrain him with something on-hand until authorities arrive.

"We want people to take away that they are responsible for their own safety and they need to do something about that and not outsource their safety to someone else," said Williams.

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