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By the end of the year, all 120 Broken Arrow police officers will have an AR-15 rifle and a duffle bag with enough ammunition and medical supplies to outlast the most well-equipped gunmen, Cpl. Leon Calhoun said.

The city has paid $76,957 since the summer of 2011 to replace the Police Department’s aging arsenal of shotguns with the higher-powered alternatives and related equipment, which are being carried in patrol cars in addition to handguns.

“This is a response to the type of weapons criminals are now carrying,” he said. “The suspects we’re coming in contact with, they’re carrying semiautomatic and even fully-automatic weapons.”

Most officers already have the new rifles and have been certified to carry them after training on the city’s long-distance shooting range.

Read the rest of Zack Stoycoff’s report at Tulsaworld.com.

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