Police in St. Louis County have shared this video about surviving “active shooter” situations — like recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, or the 2010 ABB shootings in St. Louis.
The video, produced by authorities in Houston, has generated some controversy online. Some viewers claim an armed bystander could end the incident much sooner by starting with “fight.”
But St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said the vast majority of people caught in such situations aren’t armed and don’t have the proper training to take down a shooter.
“If you have a semi-automatic, the guy is three feet from you, and you’re about to be killed, I know what I would do with proper training,” Fitch said. “I would eliminate the threat.”
But without those things — the proper weapon for the situation, an advantageous tactical situation, the right training — the percentages change.
“In most cases we’ve seen, there wasn’t somebody armed there with proper training and (carrying a concealed weapon),” Fitch said.