BCSO, courthouse officials hold active shooter training exercise

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Brunswick County Sheriff's Office deputies practice their response to an active shooter at the Brunswick County Courthouse (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Pulse nightclub. Las Vegas. Stoneman Douglas High School. All recent mass shootings that took numerous lives.

Brunswick County officials do not want something similar to happen there, so they are practicing their response if an active shooter is at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

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“You never know when something like this is going to happen,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said. “It’s not a matter of if, but when, as we know, we see throughout the country. We want to do everything we can to be as prepared as possible in the event that an active shooter situation occurs or another emergency.”

Sheriff Ingram says his deputies will work together with court officials to keep everyone in the courthouse safe should something like this happen.

Brunswick County deputies did a similar exercise recently at Fort Bragg.

“We were able to really pick up on a lot of things that our deputies are doing right, things that they needed to improve on and even look for ways to implement some additional equipment to make it more effective in situations like this,” Sheriff Ingram said.

Ultimately, it is impossible to predict if someone with bad intentions will show up with a gun to the courthouse, but the Sheriff’s Office and the courthouse staff will be ready if they do.

“Our goal is to prevent it, but if it does occur and we can’t prevent it, at least minimize the injuries or loss of life,” Sheriff Ingram said.

Sheriff Ingram did not share what kinds of tactics his deputies would use if they had to stop a shooter.

While this was the first training exercise of its kind in Brunswick County, Sheriff Ingram tells us that his deputies practice disaster response regularly.