An active shooter training took place at Hays High School Wednesday morning.
The Hays Police Department trained to neutralize the threat of a real-world experience, an active shooter in a school.
“We were met with gunfire behind us, and we had to respond to that fire and engage the suspect,” said Investigator Joshua Burkholder. “And after the suspect was dealt with, we had to render aid to victims that were laying down in the hallway.”
Hays Police Department officers trained under various scenarios, most dealing with an active shooter who opened fire in the school.
The training consisted of classroom lectures and reality-based simulation rooms.
“It’s training for those events that are unfortunately a very real part of our modern day society,” Lieutenant Tim Greenwood said.
In the training, officers learned basic tactics and put those skills to test with air soft-like guns and role players in the room.
“In reality-based training, we actually use plastic projectiles in our firearms,” Greenwood said. “You’ll be hearing pops. You’ll see the pops come out of the muzzle.”
But with that pain, comes learning how to tackle a situation and make sure officers’ skills are sharp.
“The odds of [active shooters] happening are still extremely slim, but they do happen,” he said. “We do have to be prepared in the event that something unfortunate like that could happen there in Hays.”
Greenwood said he and his team will be doing more training before school starts.