Handling shooter situation requires training

Run, hide or fight are options


Joe Chiprez

— Police officer Joe Chiprez wants more people trained to deal with active shooter situations.

“People don’t take the active shooter scenario seriously,” he said.

“If you can, run, but don’t lay down and be a target,” he said.

“My 11-year-old daughter knows what to do,” Sunnyside High School SRO (School Resource Officer) Joe Chiprez told the Daybreak Rotary Club at the group’s Wednesday morning meeting.

“Distract the shooter,” he said.

However, most adults don’t think to use that option. “They see a gun and pointed at them and they freeze, making them a perfect target,” he said.

But, Chiprez said, they shouldn’t just stand there.

“My daughter learned early that the best thing to do is to distract the shooter, because it takes concentration to shoot,” he said.

Chiprez works with active shooter trainings and drills at the School District

“There are a lot of things at a person’s disposal to distract the shooter’s concentration,” he said. “Throw something — whatever the distraction, it will cause the shooter to lose momentary concentration, allowing his intended victim to get away,” Chiprez said.

He said the recent church shooting in Texas is an example of people trying to hide under the pews.

“They were just targets for the shooter,” he said.

The fatalities might have been fewer if people had run at the shooter, or fought back or even thrown things at him. But, people don’t do those things because they have never been taught.

“Most people will see the gun and just think they are dead,” he said.

Which, he said, is why he wants more people to be aware of how to react in a shooter situation.

Knowing more about guns is also good training for resisting.

“If a person knows about guns, know how to use one safely.

“And understanding the amount of concentration it takes to pull the trigger, they have a better chance of surviving such situations,” he said.

“When a person understands what guns do, he or she can react better to the given situation,” he said.


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