In a complete about-face from normal police protocol, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is asking regular people to “take out” active shooters if they have the chance.
Lanier told Anderson Cooper during an interview Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes”if people find themselves in an active shooter situation, their “best option” would be to try and restrain or even kill the shooter.
“Your options are run, hide or fight,” Lanier said. “If you’re in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it’s the best option for saving lives before police get there.”
It’s counter-intuitive to what police have told people to do in the past when faced with violent robberies or active shooters, Lanier said, but the situation has changed with the rise in deadly shootings.