BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. - It's not true that you can't plan for something like this.
While there may be no specific drills designed to deal with an active shooter scenario at the Navy Yard, former Baltimore Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld says almost all local agencies have a disaster plan in the post 9/11 world.
"The beauty of that training is you could move it and utilize it on a variety of different threats to meet a variety of different circumstances. As state and local law enforcement, we've been drilling those things for years now," says Bealefeld.
The former commissioner says you saw it unfold yesterday by the deployment and organization of several resources including a host of federal ones.
But there was some misinformation along the way as well when it came to how many shooters there were and whether or not the threat was still active; understandable Bealefeld says when you are dealing with a massive public safety threat while working against misinformation on social media.
"You're under an enormous amount of pressure to get some information out and more often than not you err on the side of caution. If you think there are other suspects out there, you have an obligation to put that out."
In all Bealefeld said DC Metro Police and its partners evacuated the wounded and neutralized the threat while dealing with a fluid and at times chaotic scene with many unknowns.
"I thought they did a darn good job of telling the rest of us we got this, we're gonna get to the bottom of it and we're gonna make you safe and that really is mission one," Bealefeld said.
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