Active Shooter Stopped! Gun was not the answer!

The following information from a attempted Kentucky Mass Killer event has been published. In this case, the suspect had three pistols on when he was taken down. Officers involved in this incident credited aware people and their weapons disarms techniques with the incident being resolved without loss of life. The suspect was studying the facility and knew one of the staff. As Glen and I have stated many times, it is often quicker to disarm a violent person than going to guns. This is one of the reasons we stress disarming techniques in our classes and on the website. If you do not have this valuable skill set, you need to step up your training quickly. We do have a DVD available if you cannot find a local resource.

Springfield, Ky. — Springfield police credit two alert employees and two officers with stopping a man who was believed to be planning a mass shooting at a Washington County business Monday afternoon.
Matthew Smith, 37, was arrested Monday at L&B Manufacturing on Industry Drive. Police said he had several guns in his vehicle, including one that appeared to be a fully automatic weapon.

An employee confronted Matthew Smith in the parking lot and then reported to a supervisor, who called police to L&B Manufacturing on a report of a suspicious vehicle and trespassing complaint around 4 p.m. Monday.

“If people see something, they need to say something, right then. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. That’s what prevented this, in our opinion,” Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said.

Springfield Police Department Officer Joe Templeman said he approached Matthew Smith, who had his window down, and asked him his name. Templeman said Matthew Smith asked him for his badge number.

Templeman said he could tell something was up based on the way Matthew Smith acted, so the officer asked Matthew Smith again for his name and for him to step out of the vehicle, to which Matthew Smith refused.

Templeman said he opened the driver’s door and Matthew Smith began to raise a Glock handgun pointing at the officer.

As Matthew Smith raised the gun toward the officer, the officer grabbed the gun with his left hand and passed it off to Capt. Tony Golden.

“You don’t have time to think. I just reacted. My training kicked in and I was able to get to his gun quicker than I was mine,” Templeman said.

The officer took Matthew Smith to the ground at that point, as Matthew Smith tried to grab something from his waistband.

Templeman and Golden gained control of Matthew Smith and a Springfield XD handgun was found tucked in his front waistband. Matthew Smith then was handcuffed and another Glock was found in a holster on his ankle.

Investigators said all of the handguns on Matthew Smith’s body were fully loaded with a round in the chamber.

Templeman said he believes Matthew Smith intended to kill him and others.

“I’ve thought about it constantly, what could have happened, if nobody would have noticed, nobody would have called. What would we be processing right now?” Templeman said.

“As the facts lay out before me at this time, I believe that my officers and these two employees prevented a potential mass shooting,” Jim Smith said.

Police also found a Colt AR 15 A-2 with a 40-round magazine in the front passenger seat and a .308 rifle was under that firearm.

Police said Matthew Smith had several fully loaded magazines for each semi-automatic gun.

While clearing the AR-15, police realized that it had been modified to be fully automatic because the safety was not functioning properly and the trigger reset itself when primed. Further investigation will determine if the gun was fully automatic, police said.

In an interview with police, Matthew Smith told officers that he was at L&B looking for an employee he had dropped off earlier that day who hadn’t responded to his calls or texts. Matthew Smith told officers he worried that employee was being trafficked and showed up to wait for that employee, according to the report.

After he was Mirandized, Matthew Smith told the interviewing officer he “brought what he needed to get the job done,” police said. Jim Smith said Matthew Smith had been studying the layout of the building and knew how to get in and out, including roof entrances.

“He just made factual statements to us that indicated that he was going to go into this building and cause major damage,” Jim Smith said.

Matthew Smith is charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, one count of attempted murder and one count of third-degree criminal trespassing.

Police said Matthew Smith is not a current or former employee of L&B Manufacturing, but does know someone who works there.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also investigating the case.

The Need for Communication

By Jack Justice, Church Security Alliance

The need for clear, concise communication is everywhere we go today. From making sure that instructions or intent is understood on a business or personal issue, to the person involved in a life or death situation, understanding what is being said and the meaning of the conversation is critical to how we deal with any situation in our lives. This is also true in our communications as a church security team. One of the first items discussed when putting a security or safety team in place is how do we communicate? Do we use cell phones, texting or radios. The average cell phone may continue to work with wear and tear for 2-3 years. Commercial two way radios are built and tested to withstand heat, water, weather, and falls for over 15+ years! A church looking to invest in critical communications will find a wise investment in a product that will work every time for years to come. For most of us, the use of radio communication has become paramount in completing our duty in creating a safe environment for our church family.

Two way radios are quick to respond
Two way radio has the communications speed and ease of use that an important job needs. Radios are run off of frequencies that are specific to the user, meaning no other radios are using your line of communication when you are using them.
Most teams start out with “bubble pack” FRS radios. The quality of transmission is very dependent on the quality of the radio, the distance, and the overall traffic in the area. Additionally, FRS radios are limited to 500 milliwatts of power. My team started out with FRS radios and though we used them for several years, the quality of conversation was typically very poor. Often, the need to repeat a transmission has been very frustrating, with the person on the other end frequently requesting that the comment be repeated several times. Due to these issues, I went on a quest to find a better solution. There are now high quality, commercial radios for very reasonable prices.

Finding the proper solution
Having an understanding of the Two way radio industry, it is not hard to see why police officers, fire fighters, and paramedics use Two way radios. They are quick to connect, able to talk to multiple units at once, and durable in tough conditions. Unlike Cell phones, Two way radios are not used for games but for a critical purpose that it delivers for every time.
After talking to many suppliers, we determined we need a commercial grade radio with business band channels. The options were General Mobile Radio Service, MURS or assigned business band channels. The deciding factor for us was that the MURs channels can be powered to 2 watts and does not require a FCC license for the 5 channels assigned to it. We also had the ability to add filtering to eliminate hearing radio calls by another group in the area that might be on the same frequency.

Purchase a quality radio
You don’t want to purchase just any 2-way radio; cheap consumer grade models that are sold at the local corner store are not going to provide nearly the same reliability as a professional model. The advanced features that many 2-way radios come equipped with could make the difference between having a working
After trying models from several manufactures, we have found a radio the meets all of our key needs including:
Durability
Clarity of communication
Affordability
The radio that best fit our church’s needs, and that of many churches has become the unit we selected to provide by Church Security Alliance, the OBLTR-8R. The radio is a commercial unit that can operate on amateur radio channels (with license), MURS and GMRS (with license) frequencies. They come preprogrammed for all five channels and have the filtering installed to minimize outside interference with other local users. The radio has four times the power rating of the FRS radios commonly used and do not require the hassle of getting a FCC license.
Two-Way radios are a tool for productivity and sustainability. Radio communication is simple and built to do one thing very well, communicate! Radios work on specific frequencies that continue to work even when emergencies happen and cellphone towers are down or are overloaded with calls. Two-Way radio has the ability to communicate to multiple people at one time instantly, something cellphones cannot do.

Jack Justice is the cofounder of Church Security Alliance

Check out the OBLTR-8R here

Raise Your Security Level for at least the next 60 Days

I have read several articles recently involving violent church robberies where a suspect enters a church and robs a church member and takes money at gunpoint.
It is important your church membership understands how to behave in a church robbery situation, especially those who handle cash or make bank transports.

It is no longer outside the realm of possibility that a violent person would enter your church sanctuary and steal God’s money.

In this video I discuss some considerations for handling a church robbery.

This Is Important!

We are making a change over to the ChurchSecurityAlliance.com site and we want you to come with us.  Those who are currently members or are on our mailing list, can receive 6 months free membership for signing up on this site.  This is important because we want you to receive information on upcoming webinars, product discounts and church security incident debriefings.

Growing Number of Detroit Pastors Wear Handguns in Pulpit

Thursday , October 01, 2009

DETROIT —The Rev. Lawrence Adams teaches his flock at the Westside Bible Church to turn the other cheek. Just in case, though, the 54-year-old retired police lieutenant also wears a handgun under his robe.

Adams is one of several Detroit clergymen who have taken to packing heat in the pulpit. They have committed their lives to a man who preached nonviolence and told followers to love their enemies. But they also say it’s up to them to protect their parishioners in church.

“As a pastor, I’m referred to as a shepherd,” Adams said. “Shepherds have the responsibility of watching over their flock. Do I want to hurt somebody? Absolutely not!” (more…)

Sense of Sanctuary Lost As Church Attacks Spike

String of Shootings Includes Md. Death

By William Wan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The youth choir belted out “O Happy Day” as folks trickled in through the church doors. Few noticed the accountant sitting in the back pew, his eyes flickering over each latecomer.

In one hand, he held a Bible. In the other, tucked inside his coat pocket, he gripped a .38 caliber revolver.

He had come to People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring looking for his estranged wife. And once she arrived and began arguing with him outside, the Bible would be forgotten. The gun would be raised. And in a matter of seconds, the congregation’s sense of sanctuary would be shattered.
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