BEXAR COUNTY — BCSO Sheriff Salazar sent out a message on Facebook Saturday night after the Odessa Shooting giving tips to residents and offering a free class on what to do in the case of an active shooter.
“There has been yet another mass shooting in our home state,” said Sheriff Salazar. “No doubt, details will start to emerge and we will learn more about the circumstances and victims themselves. We may never know the true motives of the suspect. Thankfully, heroic first responders worked together to stop the suspect, although several officers were shot in the process. Dozens of innocent civilians were killed or wounded.”
“I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that although we never want to see something like this happen in our county, it is just a matter of time before this type of crime affects us. Let me remind our civilian population of the tips we teach in the BCSO Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) classes.
Avoid, Deny, Defend.
-AVOID-Make every attempt to get away from the suspect or threat. Know where your exits are and get yourself and your family out of danger as soon as possible.
-DENY-if you are unable to get away from the threat, find shelter and take cover. Deny any suspects access to your shelter. Lock, barricade, or even tie doors shut if necessary. Lights out.
-DEFEND-If avoidance and denial have failed, it is time to fight. Outnumber and overwhelm the suspect whenever possible. Try to gain control of the weapon. Improvise weapons of your own if necessary. Anything-fire extinguishers, scissors, chairs, etc…Fight like you’re fighting the devil himself, because you are.
*Note-If you choose to use a firearm, be aware of your target and beyond. Also, know that law enforcement will be responding and will be looking for a person holding a gun. Do not be that person. Be prepared to holster your weapon or set it down and show your hands to responding officers to indicate you are not a threat. Be prepared to be ordered to the ground and handcuffed for officer safety.
-ALWAYS REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. See Something, Say Something.
-Know that our deputies and officers will arrive with the priority of confronting and stopping the gunman. Stop the killing, stop the dying.”
Sheriff Salazar also offered a free BCSO Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class to Bexar County churches, groups, and businesses, which goes more into depth about the steps above. You can book the class for free by emailing score@Bexar.org.
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