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Shooter training at local business

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MIDDLEFIELD, OH (WOIO) -

Disaster drills are somewhat routine these days, but a drill with an active shooter at a private company is not.

During a realistic scenario, after one a man has been fired from his job he goes into a boss' office and begins firing a gun.  The gunman then turns the gun on co-workers.

Within minutes officers arrive.  They are heavily armed, and go in.  Almost immediately they face the perpetrator. One is hit; the other officer is now alone.

The scene hits frighteningly close to home. 

In March, Middlefield officers came face to face with a man with a death wish. 

Training allowed the officers to survive his attack, return fire and end the threat to the public.

Much of the rest of the drill is what you'd expect.  More officers arrive with more artillery and eventually the shooter is killed. 

Once the shooter is no longer a threat, the wounded must be tended to. 

Medivac helicopters arrive from the air.  On the ground evidence must be preserved.

Chief Stanko watches and notices that no one has asked about the shooter's car and makes notes. 

He didn't tell them there is a body in the car.  It will become part of his critique.

One of the most remarkable things to see is the courage it takes to respond to the situation.  Two or three officers cover the entire plant for several minutes with no back up. 

The simulation gives everyone insight into the amount of courage it takes to walk into such a dangerous situation.

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