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State Training Keeps Police Prepared

Meanwhile back here in Michigan, law enforcement say if should something like this happened in the great lakes state they'll be ready.

As our Nick Perreault explains, Michigan State Police says it's their training that allows them to succeed in time of a chaos.

Fortunately in his 13 years as a state trooper, Sergeant Darren Green has never faced a situation like the one in the Washington Navy Yard Monday.

In fact, he's only had to exchange gun fire once and once is enough.

"Back in 2006, I was involved in an active shooting when I was assigned at the Jackson post," said Michigan State Police Sgt. Darren Green.

He was among the first to arrive to a home full of people with a man,armed inside, he says immediately his instinct took over.

"How many gunman are there, what type of weapon do they have how many people are hurt there is just a lot going on when you arrive to a scene like that," Sgt. Green said.

And Sergeant Green says depending on the building and the size, finding the person holding the gun is not always easy.

"There are lots of closets and nooks and a lot of little hiding spots that a suspect can be hiding in that you have to clear to make sure that they're not in there."

And Sgt. Green says Michigan state troopers practice at least once a year active shooter training, he's should anything happen in the state of Michigan, he feels they'd be ready for anything that comes there way.

"We're trained very well, we're given very good equipment so if we are forced to respond to a situation like this my opinion, I feel we are very well prepared," Sgt. Green said.

And it's that constant preparation that the sergeant says helped him that fateful day in 2006 and will help him in the future.

"It gave me great confidence to know that if I was dispatched to another situation like that again in my career,r that I'd be able to fall back on my training given to me by the state police and act appropriately and take the proper action," Sgt. Green said.

Three people died in the 2006 incident, including the gunman, similar to what happened Monday at the Navy Yard.

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