Medford, Ore – Medford police say the way to handle an active shooter situation is changing. With police now calling on the public to be prepared to step up in case of the worst.
Law enforcement agencies are no longer waiting for backup in active shooter scenarios. They're going on the offensive and now they're asking the public to do the same.
"What people need to realize is these people are going to keep shooting, keep killing, until they are stopped," said Lt. Mike Budreau.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting law enforcement is taking a much more direct approach in handling an armed gunman.
"No more waiting for back-up, no more waiting for the SWAT team, we're going with what we have, we're going with our patrol vests, our handguns, a rifle or a shotgun and we're going to go take out the threat," said Budreau.
For the public, every second could mean life or death. So police are asking you to run, hide and fight.
"Police are going to be a few minutes out, a lot of damage can happen in that time, people need to think about putting up a fight, especially if fleeing is not an option," said Budreau.
Police say it only takes one or more brave civilians to subdue a gunman, pointing out that even common office supplies can put an end to a rampage.
"There's stuff around the office that can be used, a chair, any type of a broomstick or some type of stick that can be found in a janitor's closet," said Budreau.
Police hope that by acting quickly, lives can be saved.
"It is risky, it is scary, but at the same time it could save your life or somebody else's," said Budreau.
Police say you should always call 911 but every minute counts and they say it's important that you aren't afraid to act.
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