“One of the most of-quoted statements in the aftermath of a mass shooting is some version of “He was a loner.” There is a reason for that.”
“He could no longer control the thoughts in his head. Consciousness was a swirling mass of confusion. His anger swelled as unfathomable stress came from every direction.”
“Here he comes, and boy, does he look mad!”
“I get intimidated every time I have to talk to her.”
“I don’t know how to get him to calm down.”
“The two men walked casually down the darkened hallway of mahogany row. They’d let themselves in a door that was supposed to be locked and no one knew they were there. Pausing at the door to Human Resources, they tested the knob and found that it was unlocked.”
“I was a police officer working the mean streets of Little Rock, Arkansas when I was wounded in a shootout. Later, I became a local liaison with the United States Secret Service during Bill Clinton’s campaign and inauguration.”
“Five Killed During Disciplinary Meeting.”
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“He walked in the front door and shot my friend Ray three times.”
That was but one of the statements that kept attendees on the edge of their seat during an Active Shooter seminar held in Arkansas earlier this month. The speaker, retired Police Chief Tim Keck, regaled the audience with true stories from his experience and lessons learned from studying violent crime.
“We approach with an attitude of partnership to attain business outcomes, not just to check a box on a compliance form.”
“We don’t body slam people and hogtie them or chase them down the street,” Doug Elms said. “Instead, we use words to de-escalate situations and gather information.”