What should you do if you are in an active shooter situation?

Indianapolis police offer training to the public
Posted at 10:38 AM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 12:19:14-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's information that's even more important to know in light of the shooting at a concert in Las Vegas.  Officers with the Indianapolis Police Department offered training Thursday night about what you should do if you're ever in an active shooter situation.

According to IMPD Officer David Spurgeon, you should have a plan built on the avoid-deny-defend concept.

"Ultimately we want them to try to save themselves, save others and buy time for law enforcement to respond," said Officer Spurgeon.

Spurgeon says, in an active shooter situation, you want to avoid conflict altogether. Pay attention and have an escape plan.

If you cannot get away, deny access where you are.  And if you can't avoid or deny, you have the right to defend yourself says Officer Spurgeon.

Be aggressive and commit to your actions. Once you're in a safe place, call 911. Show your hands and follow commands when police arrive.

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