OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Faculty and students at Oklahoma City University have experienced what active shooter and hostage scenarios might be like in mock exercises with members of the Oklahoma City Police Department's tactical unit.
Police officers carrying unloaded handguns rushed into OCU's University Center Tuesday after a mock gunman brandishing an automatic weapon fired a series of blanks inside the building. Participants in the exercise scattered, some hiding in bathrooms and unlocked closets.
Officers painstakingly combed the building, searched each unlocked room and escorted bystanders outside before they finally subdued the shooter.
OCU Police Chief Bradd Brown says the exercise helps focus OCU's emphasis on emergency preparedness and expose the campus's strengths and weaknesses in violent scenarios. Brown says it also gives OCU police officers a chance to interact with Oklahoma City police.
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