SAN ANTONIO – Shots rang out at Canyon High School in New Braunfels Tuesday afternoon during an active shooter course put on by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Seventeen officers learned skills they need to respond to an active shooter situation. It involved multiple role-playing reenactments.
Participating agencies included DPS, Garden Ridge Police Department, Bulverde Police Department and New Braunfels Police Department. The two-day course is called the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, or ALERRT for short.
"Their heart rate is high, they're under stress, they're breathing heavily and they're making decisions a little bit differently than they usually make running through regular training with a fake gun," David Kral with DPS said.
Officers said they can never be too prepared for when tragedy might strike and their objective is to save as many lives as possible if it does.
"When those real life scenarios hit, you're more familiar with it and you know how to work through it," Officer Derrick Bobo said.
Strict safety protocols were in place during the course because Kral said officers have lost their lives across the country doing similar exercises. That included carefully labeled weapons and required protective gear.