BETHEL, N.C. (WNCT) – The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is training several local law enforcement agencies on how to respond and handle an active shooter situation.
This year’s focus is Target Identification during Chaos.
Over the next few weeks, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is holding the multi-agency training drills at North Pitt High School with certified instructors from the sheriff’s office.
This training involves different scenarios that may take place in various public buildings.
The FBI’s “Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013” report shows that 160 active shooter incidents occurred in that 14-year period, resulting in 1,043 casualties, not including the shooters.
“Tragic events involving active shooters across the nation have become too familiar,” said Sheriff Neil Elks. “These individuals have no other goal than to kill as many people as possible before going out in a blaze of glory, either facing the police or committing suicide as law enforcement arrives.”
According to the Department of Homeland Security, an “active shooter” situation describes a shooting in progress, “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”
“The reality is the first responders to arrive often must directly engage an active shooter,” Sheriff Elks stated. “That’s why all law enforcement officers must have the most up-to-date training to confront these situations.”
9 On Your Side will be participating in a drill on Tuesday afternoon at North Pitt High School. Agencies training include officers from Nash County, members of the NC Highway Patrol, Winterville Police Department and the PCSO.