Active shooter at the Navy Yard in DC

Discussion in 'Security' started by Rugape, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Here's some grist for the mill ...

    BBC: Navy Yard: Swat team 'stood down' at mass shooting scene (Sept 18 2013)

    A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers.
    The Capitol Police department has launched a review into the matter. Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.

    "I don't think it's a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene," a Capitol Police source familiar with the incident told the BBC.

    The officers, wearing full tactical gear and armed with HK-416 assault weapons, arrived outside Building 197 a few minutes later, an official with knowledge of the incident told the BBC. According to a Capitol Police source, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington DC's main municipal force, told the Capitol Cert officers they were the only police on the site equipped with long guns and requested their help stopping the gunman.
    When the Capitol Police team radioed their superiors, they were told by a watch commander to leave the scene, the BBC was told.
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    And here's what happens when you get impatient:

    Omaha World Herald: Autopsy: Iowa police officer's cause of death was rifle shot to chest (Sept 17 2013)

    He was shot early Friday as he and other officers attempted to go inside a house to arrest Corey Trott, 32, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for assault. Also Monday, a criminal complaint filed with Calhoun County District Court said Buenting was within a few feet of the house when Trott fired a single shot from a .233-caliber rifle. Trott surrendered to authorities a few hours later. Trott faces a first-degree murder charge and was being held at the Sac County Jail. The hours-long standoff began Thursday night after someone called 911 to report Trott was in the house. Authorities set up a perimeter around the house after they were unable to make contact with Trott.

    They have only themselves to blame for their impatience. Unless he was in a position to endanger others (e.g. hostages), there was no good reason to force an end to the standoff.
  3. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    Agreed, in most cases, a few minutes of assessment are worth gold - especially when you have a completely unknown situation. I was lucky enough that most standoff situations I was in, we had a decent LT (even as a butter bar he pretty much wrote the book on proper command and control), and he was a patient man. There are times where speed is of the essence, entering a live-fire situation blind is not usually one of those situations.

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