SGT. TRENT SMITH of the Indiana State Police said there is “no doubt” in his mind that the actions of responding officers saved lives. “They knew what they were confronted with,” Smith said during a press conference Thursday morning. “They acted with bravery. They knew when they went into the store and heard the gunshot. They went there, and that was an effort to stop (more fatalities) in the store.”
Smith also made a reference to the shootings at Goshen’s Nu-Wood factory back in December 2001. Several people were shot and the plant manager and shooter both died. Police agencies waited several hours before entering the factory after shots were reported.
The events of that day have been studied intently and protocol for such events has shifted to more immediate action by first responders. As Smith said, police officers train for these situations and know the danger they face each time a call comes over their radio.
While we mourn these tragic deaths, we also feel gratitude toward the people in our community willing to put their lives on the line to help others.