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SWAT Operator Nearly Shot during Shoot House Training

Event Summary

The scenario was set up to keep operators in their line of fire and rely on other operators to do their jobs. My thought was that it would be a situation that would train the subject matter that I wanted trained.

We set up a situation in a 360-degree shoot house where the target was covered by a piece of furniture or board so the officer that entered and ran his wall would not see it. The target would be picked up by the third operator to enter the room, whose assignment is to move off-center and control the room. The officer running his wall came off the wall to engage the target and stepped into the line of fire that the third operator, who was controlling the room, was putting on the target. I could see it occurring from the catwalk and screamed for a stoppage.

 

Lessons Learned

  • The operator should not have come off his wall and should have stayed in his area of responsibility. Training staff could have set up the situation in a manner that would have been safer.
  • Training staff learned to anticipate the natural movement of operators and learned how to set up scenarios that minimize the risk of injury during live fire drills.
  • Operators need to be given detailed and consistent instruction to always stay in their lines of fire and recognize the lethal risk of stepping outside their lines.
Changes as a result of that experience (what would you do differently?):

Training staff better anticipates the danger associated with live fire drills and walks through scenarios before having the operators participate in them.

 

Full Report

SWAT Operator Nearly Shot during Shoot House Training

 

 

Employer Information

 

Type of law enforcement agency: Police Department

 

Involved Person Info

 

Role: Sworn Officer

Years of experience in law enforcement: 10 – 15 years

 

Incident Information

 

Type of call / Reason for response: Training

Incident Initiated by: Training

Please classify this incident (Check all that apply): Almost resulted in officer injury or fatality

Number of officers on scene: 4

Incident Summary:

The scenario was set up to keep operators in their line of fire and rely on other operators to do their jobs. My thought was that it would be a situation that would train the subject matter that I wanted trained.

We set up a situation in a 360-degree shoot house where the target was covered by a piece of furniture or board so the officer that entered and ran his wall would not see it. The target would be picked up by the third operator to enter the room, whose assignment is to move off-center and control the room. The officer running his wall came off the wall to engage the target and stepped into the line of fire that the third operator, who was controlling the room, was putting on the target. I could see it occurring from the catwalk and screamed for a stoppage.

 

Location Information

 

What type of location was this? Shoot House

 

Lessons Learned

 

Please describe what type of accident or incident was averted:

One of our operators was almost shot because he stepped into the line of fire of another officer.

What were the contributing factors that almost led to or did lead to serious injury or death?

  • Decision making
  • Human error
  • Training issue

Describe the lessons learned:

  • The operator should not have come off his wall and should have stayed in his area of responsibility. Training staff could have set up the situation in a manner that would have been safer.
  • Training staff learned to anticipate the natural movement of operators and learned how to set up scenarios that minimize the risk of injury during live fire drills.
  • Operators need to be given detailed and consistent instruction to always stay in their lines of fire and recognize the lethal risk of stepping outside their lines.

Changes as a result of that experience (what would you do differently?):

Training staff better anticipates the danger associated with live fire drills and walks through scenarios before having the operators participate in them.



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