Sunday, August 5, 2012

Police Once Again Put Down an Active Shooter; What We Do Know

"CNN) -- At least seven people, including a gunman shot by a police officer, have been killed in an attack on worshipers at a Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on Sunday, police said.

The wounded officer, a 20-year veteran, was in surgery Sunday afternoon after being shot multiple times, but was expected to survive, Wentlandt said. He was sent to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee, after a 911 call about 10:25 a.m. (11:25 a.m. ET)."

What we do know is a 911 call at 1025 hours sent a 20 year veteran officer with tactical experience into harms way.  The officer was first on the scene and engaged the shooter in a gun battle which resulted in the officer being wounded and the shooter dead.  That officer had maybe 60 to 90 seconds between the call and the gun battle with an active shooter.  He risked his life in traffic to get there and then on scene to save the lives of others.

Police and Fire professionals are paid for what they might have to do.  Today Milwaukee residents got a bargain as once again a lone police officer faced off with certain death and stepped up to protect people not even known to him.

It's a tragedy for all concerned but once again a police officer goes down in the line of duty and it gets less coverage so far than any other aspect of the situation.

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