Police to train for active shooter threats

Aug 14, 2013

Don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of police activity and hear gunshots near 84th Street S.W. on Thursday.

The Mukilteo Police Department will be involved in active shooter training from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the Sterling Business Park at the corner of 44th Avenue W. and 84th Street S.W.

Patrol squads will be training throughout the day in a vacant building at the business park, said Mukilteo Officer Cheol Kang. Some airsoft guns and possibly “blank” rounds will be fired.

About 20 Mukilteo officers and sergeants, as well as a number of Mukilteo Fire Department personnel and SNOCOM dispatchers, are scheduled to participate.

Mukilteo Police volunteers will be there as actors to simulate “active threats” with guns, Kang said.

“The likelihood of something like that occurring might be minimal, but the impact it would have if it did occur would be devastating and catastrophic,” Kang said. “Stuff like Sandy Hook and the Aurora Mall shooting.”

Several patrol cars will be parked nearby. The surrounding businesses have already been notified.

-Sara Bruestle

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