Springfield Police Offer Advice on Staying Safe During Active Shooter Situation


Springfield - Police, businesses, and schools all train for a variety of dangerous situations.

That includes the possibility of an active shooter.

Springfield deputy chief Dennis Arnold says there are three things you can do to stay safe during a situation similar to that in Oregon.

"If you can get away, and you can run, we recommend that you run.  Next best thing would be to, if you have the ability, to barricade yourself into a room.  Barricade yourself into a back corner, get something in between you and the potential for danger, something that will stop a bullet.  If it comes down to the individual taking your life and you fighting, I suggest that you fight and you fight like your life depended on it because it does," said Arnold.

When it comes to a potentially dangerous situation where there was a possible active shooter on Springfield's east side Thursday, or where police were conducting an active investigation at a murder scene, Arnold has simple advice for those getting too close or trying to see what the fuss is about.

He said,"when individuals come into that area they put themselves in jeopardy if something were to happen.  They're also putting themselves in danger.  The best advice is to stay away."

Not only will staying out of the way keep you safe, it'll let the police do their job.

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