Local Law Enforcement Discuss Deadly Texas Shooting

The search for answers continues in Texas following this weekend’s deadly shooting that left seven people dead and 22 more injured.

Police say the shooter had been fired just before the rampage.

Officers pulled him over for a traffic violation before he stole a postal van and shot at people as he drove for 20 miles.

Saturday’s shooting in Texas put law enforcement and people along the highway in danger. It’s a massive crime scene police are now processing and a situation Shepherd Police Chief Luke Sawyer says can be tricky to train for.

“We train as much as we possibly can but you can never account for any unusual intricacy that might be involved in it, but I think as situations evolve I think it gives law enforcement and I think it gives the citizens some clear cut examples as to what to do and what not do to,” said Sawyer.

Sawyer says the shooting is also a reminder for people to have a plan to get out of these situations.

“That’s not the time to pop out your cell phone and go Facebook Live. These aren’t situations where in these acts of violence, active shooter, active killer situations, they’re not there to reason with people and so you have to do what you have to do so you can keep your family safe,” said Sawyer.

Sawyer says know the fastest way out of a building, and be ready to run, hide or fight.

“If you look at statistics, national averages, 7-12 minutes before the police arrive in most shootings and that’s just numbers. So for 7-12 minutes you’re going to have to protect yourself, you’re going to have to protect your family and how are you going to do that? You’re going to run, you’re going to hide or if it’s right on top of you, you’re going to fight,” said Sawyer.