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ISP opens active shooter training to public

Posted at 11:37 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 23:37:34-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- What would you do if you came face-to-face with an active shooter?

It's a question many are asking themselves after the deadly shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead.

For the first time this week, Indiana State Police opened their active shooter training sessions to the general public to help people worried about just that.

Sheridan Pastor Harrell Wilson wonders how he would react if the same violence happened in his church.

"I'm interested in knowing how to protect our people, even during church service," Wilson said.

Sitting among like-minded Hoosiers, Wilson listened as troopers taught about early warning signs, when to run and when to fight.

"If somebody or a group of people choose to do mass violence, it's going to be difficult to stop, but understand it is stoppable with enough resistance," said Sr. Trooper John Perrine. "These people are choosing easy targets."

Perrine said police want people to know what their options are.

"Know where your exits are," he said. "Be aware of your surroundings and, most importantly, be prepared to fight if it comes to that, because you may be required to fight for your life."

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