Church congregation helps law enforcement with active shooter scenario

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 2:40 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 9:33 PM CDT
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HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) - Thursday's active shooter training involved a Haughton church congregation and several law enforcement agencies.

With the recent and disturbing rise of violence in Germany, France and in the United States, law enforcement officers in the ArkLaTex are working to make sure they are prepared for any situation, especially an active shooter scenario which could happen at many soft targets like a church.

Elizabeth Rhyne explains how quickly the adrenaline rush kicked in even though she knew it was just a drill.

"The main side I looked out was my left side, and I heard just run and I ran with my best friend," said Rhyne.

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington says it's a shame that it's come to this practicing an attack on a place of worship.

"The idea that were even here, the fact that you need church security, or you have to practice for active shooters in a church it's a sad day frankly," said Whittington.

He says you can't ignore the violence happening across the nation.

"Hiding your head in the sand and hoping for the best is not a plan."

From Charleston to right up the road in Baton Rouge, he believes preparation is the key to performing in the face of danger.

The drill included Bossier City police, the Bossier Parish Sheriff's office, Homeland security EMS as well as fire and other officials.

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