National active shooter training held in Lawrence

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – One of the largest national security level training exercises took place in Indianapolis Saturday morning.

More than 600 federal, state and local officers took part in the training at the Major General Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in Lawrence.

“We’re going to try to get as close to reality as we can,” said Gary Woodruff of the Lawrence Police Department.

The Bean Center houses more than 5,000 military and civilian employees. It’s the third largest federal facility in the country.

“The idea is to train as you live and live as you train,” said Woodruff.

More than 40 agencies took part, including some from Marion and surrounding counties. They say in addition to securing the area, and tending to the wounded, the major focus is on communications.

“Communications is one of the first things that can be challenged and overwhelmed very easily,” said Woodruff.

The training comes at the end of a week that had two active shooter incidents.

On Friday, a Washington state student opened fire in his high school cafeteria. On Wednesday, an armed man gunned down a Canadian soldier and opened fire in the Parliament building.

Local law enforcement say those incidents prove training like this is necessary

“The lessons that are learned here at this facility will be applied at any major event here in Marion County be it at Lucas Oil, Bankers Life, any of the other large facilities. The first responders here will be the same ones responding to those facilities as well,” said Woodruff. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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