WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to approve $15 million for training law enforcement officers in handling shooting rampages in the wake of recent shootings at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas and at Fort Hood.
In a video message posted on the Justice Department website Tuesday, the attorney general says training is critical because patrol officers who arrive first on the scene are increasingly being relied on to respond directly to shooters rather than waiting for SWAT teams.
The Justice Department and the FBI have provided this special training to 50,000 front-line officers in the past decade.
The April 2 shooting rampage at Fort Hood left three soldiers dead and 16 others injured.
The gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, killed himself after he was confronted by a female MP.