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County, RPD train against school intruders

Richmond Police Cpl. James Bush (left) and Det. Scott Bagley round a corner in the Richmond High School commons in pursuit of an active shooter during a joint training session Monday with the Ray County tactical assault team. Ray County and Richmond police plan to have an additional training session at another Richmond school in the near future. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

Richmond Police Cpl. James Bush (left) and Det. Scott Bagley round a corner in the Richmond High School commons in pursuit of an active shooter during a joint training session Monday with the Ray County tactical assault team. Ray County and Richmond police plan to have an additional training session at another Richmond school in the near future. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

School was out for students Monday, but area law enforcement was in session for training at Richmond High School. Around 20 officers from Ray County Sheriff’s Department and Richmond Police Department practiced various scenarios involving an active shooter – an armed intruder – in the school’s library, ag room and band room. Officers, dressed in black and sporting Kevlar vests, toted unloaded handguns and AR-15 assault rifles.

Ray County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Brian Bush, who conducted the training, said he wanted to create real-life tactical situations.

“It’s much different than when you do regular police work,” he said.

Teams hugged the wall in the school’s commons before going down darkened hallways to check unlocked doors where a shooter may hide.

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