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Local authorities look to learn lessons from LAX shooting

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Active shooter situations, like the one Friday at the Los Angeles airport, are being analyzed locally to better prepare law enforcement across the country.

Officer's at Texas State's ALERRT program focus on taking down active shooters. What happened today will one day become a lesson plan.

"That's what they do. They run to the sounds of gunfire...while everybody else is running away," Terry Nichols of Texas State's ALERRT Program said.

Nichols says the way law enforcement responded to the LAX airport shooting is exactly what's being taught locally to prepare for the unexpected.

More than 50,000 police officers from across the country have been trained through the ALERRT Program at Texas State University including officers at our Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

"Many places you don't have a large agency like Los Angeles Police Department, you have many smaller agencies that are required to come together in training and exercise before a critical situation. and that's one of the things we push in our training is getting agencies that may or may not work together before...getting them at the table together in training before a critical situation happens," Nichols said.

A shooting can take place just about anywhere, and you never know what could happen. Officers go through several scenarios.

"Our research has shown that many times the suspect will give up before we arrive, that citizens intervene and stop the suspect before we arrive. All the way to the worst case scenario where law enforcement has to use deadly force, which was the case today in the airport in Los Angeles," Nichols said.

Once an active shooting takes place, research is done to see what was done correctly and what can be improved on. The incident Friday will be looked into as well.

"We have a book published that looks at all the different active shooter situations that occur around the United States. And we dissect each one of them tactically and we learn what our first responders need to know to make them more effective, more efficient, again and save as many lives as possible," Nichols said.

ALERRT partners with the FBI and Department of Justice. They are funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the governor's office to ensure this type of training gets out to law enforcement.

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