BSO PREPARES FOR SCHOOL SHOOTER
NO STUDENTS HARMED IN THE TRAINING OF THIS SWAT TEAM
The Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT team conducted an active shooter scenario Friday at Pompano Beach High School. The training was designed to evaluate the response of the SWAT team, road patrol deputies, school resource deputies, Bomb Squad, K-9 and hostage negotiators to a group of gunmen at a school. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue also participated in the exercise, communicating with BSO’s law enforcement officers and medically treating wounded teens at the scene. The bloody bullet wounds in the legs, arms and faces of the teens were realistic thanks to Ft. Lauderdale firefighter Carlos Correa and his wife, Yasmine, who are freelance makeup artists. In the scenario, four disgruntled students who were bullied in school arrived with guns. They immediately exchanged gunfire from simunition guns in the school’s front courtyard with a school resource deputy. One suspect and the deputy were injured. Deputies found what they believed to be explosive devices, making use of the school’s doors impossible, so BSO’s helicopter dropped SWAT team members onto the roof while the Bomb Squad disabled the devices. K-9 teams entered the school to lead SWAT team members to the suspects, who had taken hostages into an upstairs classroom. BSO negotiators attempted to talk the gunmen into releasing the innocent students unharmed. However, the suspects refused to comply, and the scenario ended when the SWAT team entered the room and killed them, freeing the frightened students.