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Experts Praise Police Tactical Response to Planned Parenthood Shooting

December 01, 2015  | 

Officers rescued trapped civilians from the Planned Parenthood building using a Lenco Bearcat. (Photo: ABC News screen shot)
Officers rescued trapped civilians from the Planned Parenthood building using a Lenco Bearcat. (Photo: ABC News screen shot)

Mass shootings typically last no more than about seven minutes, but a gunman continued firing on police and others for five hours in Friday's attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

Experts say the lengthy gun battle partly reflected the host of unusual challenges that officers faced from a suspect who was holed up in a building that was engineered to protect occupants from outside danger.

Colorado Springs police initially had trouble locating the suspect, emergency dispatch records show, and were facing unknown danger as the gunman fired at propane tanks placed in the parking lot outside.

"Considering the absolute insane situation, which it was, and the (improvised explosive devices), their response was incredible," Chris Grollnek, a Dallas-based tactical expert who has been studying the shooting, told the Denver Post.

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Leonard Mather @ 12/1/2015 3:41 PM

My apologies for having responded too soon after hearing misinformation at the very beginning of this event. If anyone reads those comments, I plead guilty of having spoken too soon and inaccurately. The lesson is clear. Gather reliable information and haste makes waste. There is no doubt that these LEOs did a remarkable job in handling a disturbed mind holding a weapon.

ssc1911 @ 12/1/2015 6:49 PM

Condolences to the family of the slain officer and to University of Colorado PD on their loss. Hopefully the wounded officers will recover without any complications, God speed to them.
Fantastic job by all Law Enforcement on handling this shooter situation, still sorry for the innocent loss of life that occurred.

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