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Law Enforcement: 'Run, Hide, Fight' During A Mass Shooting

Politicians have renewed calls for increased protections against mass shooters following two deadly shootings in less than 24 hours last weekend that killed more than 30 people at last count.

But members of the law enforcement community are focusing on reminding people how they react in such situations could be the difference between life and death.

As children, many of us were taught to “stop, drop and roll” as a reaction to catching clothing on fire to minimize harm.

But, what kind of training is appropriate for people who might find themselves in a situation like those mass shooting events in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio?   

According to Pima County Sheriff Deputy James Allerton, “We have natural responses that we all have to emergency situations, but they’re not always appropriate. We do apply the filter of ‘run, hide fight’ on a situation like this and you need to think through which is the most appropriate response.”  

Allerton said in addition to applying those filters, it’s also important for people to not look like a threat when law enforcement arrives on the scene.

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