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Ohio Sheriff Sets Up Simulator at Fair So Public Can Learn More About Deadly Force

July 28, 2017  | 

When the gunman showed up at the hospital, Mike McDorman raised his handgun, took aim and shot the guy. He did the same when an impaired driver stepped out of a vehicle and aimed his way.

Then, having dealt with a handful of these tense scenarios in just a few minutes, he handed the gun back to a sheriff's deputy and walked out of the police shooting simulator with a relieved smile.

"I'm a mess. Sweaty!" said McDorman, the local chamber of commerce president, who acknowledged he shot an innocent person in one scene. "I'm not quitting my day job."

McDorman was among dozens of people who took aim in a firearms training simulator placed at the Clark County, OH, fair by Sheriff Deborah Burchett who hoped to help citizens better understand how quickly police must make life-or-death decisions. Some participants saw value in the exercise as police around the country face increased scrutiny for shootings.

Burchett said she thinks it's worth every penny of the $3,000-plus she paid to rent the equipment, ABC News reports.


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