An active shooter training exercise involving several law enforcement agencies took place Thursday at the Tulare County courthouse in Visalia.
Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said the active shooter scenario assumed a disgruntled employee had shot two people in a judge’s chambers. To keep it realistic, courthouse employees did not train in advance but were told to “run, hide, fight” depending on circumstances.
The scenario also assumed two people had been shot in the main hallway, two in a county office in the courthouse, and that one person and the shooter were killed.
Tulare County is the first courthouse in the state to participate in an combined agency active shooter exercise, said Presiding Judge Gary Paden.
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“I feel safer in that building now, having watched these folks participate, than I did before I came to work this morning,” Paden said.