Every moment counts during an active shooter situation, and law enforcement officers in Kingsville received training Wednesday to deal with just that sort of situation.
It's called Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, and is essential for surviving real-life active shooter situations. Not only do law officers learn what to do, but they also learn what not to do.
In a scenario at Wednesday's training, officers were told that a fellow officer was shot at by an individual who then ran into a wooded area. The team's mission is to get into the wooded area and find the threat, because a nearby school is on lockdown. The team gets into formation and pushes in.
The team maximizes firepower and engages the threat.
How officers respond in active shooter situations is all about priorities -- when to push in and when not to is dictated by a priority of life scale.
"Innocent civilians is number one," Instructor Jesse Carrillo said. "They're always going to be first, so that's why in an active shooter situation at a school, an officer's going to go into a school even if it's him by himself."
Instructors say training like this can make all the difference when the real thing happens and lives are on the line.