Lufkin assistant police chief discusses active shooter emergencies

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Active shooter emergencies were also discussed during the Angelina County Emergency Preparedness Office event on Thursday.

Many in law enforcement warn it's not a matter of 'if', but 'when' you could need training for how to respond.

Lufkin Police Department Assistant Chief David Thomas led the active shooter presentation, emphasizing the importance of having a plan.

Thomas added that the "A-D-D" system has seen the most success, with people trying to avoid, deny the shooter access to harming them, or defend against the threat.

But, Thomas said that, through his own experience, it's not always a gun a suspect uses in these situations.

"Don't just think of it as an active shooter because we're having people think outside of the box," Thomas said. "Knives, they're using vans. In Austin, you saw the improvised explosives being used around town."

Thomas also stressed working with the fire department, police department, and county law enforcement to be fully prepared for this type of emergency.

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