SAPD trains officers for split-second decisions

Training comes to forefront after officer-involved shooting Monday night

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SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Police Department offered a look inside their training academy Tuesday, in an effort to emphasize how little time officers have to make decisions when their lives might be in danger.

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A video simulation system plays out different scenarios, which officers respond to while watching on a video screen.

They hold a fake pistol, which can interact via laser with the video that’s being shown.

Situations include responding to a burglary in progress and a traffic stop that goes wrong.

“Often times, when it comes to using deadly force, our officers have milliseconds to respond appropriately,” said San Antonio police Officer Matt Porter.

All officer-involved shootings are investigated by the department and the district attorney’s office.

“The results of those investigations are also sent to the training academy, to see if there is anything of value that can be added to their curriculum,” said Porter.

Four SAPD officers are currently on administrative leave after shooting a suspect Monday evening.

Police said the caller told police he planned to kill his neighbor, and then threatened police with a gun.


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