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West Richland Police Train for School Shooting Scenario

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - Ever since the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado years back, police look at school safety in a different way.  Officers know they need to get to children if there's an active shooter in the school building. 

Tuesday night, the West Richland Police Department trained for just that.  They said since the Tri-Cities' population is growing, and there are dozens of schools, a shooting tragedy could easily happen.

Police are training to go in to a building right away if a gunman is firing shots.

"We don't have that time any more to wait for swat to show up we have to try to subdue the shooter," said Sgt. Bill Leach. 

The active shooter response training taught the best way to confront a person with a gun.  Officers practiced in live training, then reviewed the choices they made after the exercise.