This is a drill. Really | Photo of the day

“WHERE’S MY PERMIT!! WHERE ARE YOU!! SOMEBODY TALK TO ME!!!”

Mike Tovar, a Bainbridge Island police officer and a member of the department’s SWAT team, plays the part of the gunman during an active shooter training drill at Bainbridge Island City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

Tovar entered the building with an AR-15 (his service rifle) and began screaming, then firing blank rounds, as city hall employees ran for cover or hid in offices.

Tovar made it to the second floor of the building before he was confronted by other police officers.

Organizers of the drill said the “shooter” fired 30 rounds in roughly three minutes before he was stopped. That included his walk through the lobby, the planning department and then the entire length of the second floor of city hall.

“That’s all it takes,” said Assistant Chief Luke Carpenter of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, one of the organizers, to city staff as they emerged from behind locked doors.

Carpenter said city employees took a one-hour training session the week before to be prepared for Wednesday’s drill.

(Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review)

More in News

Rees is standout at Spokane Falls

Cole Rees of Bainbridge Island has been honored for academic excellence Spokane… Continue reading

BARN hosts support group for Alzheimer’s caregivers

Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support?… Continue reading

People who want to live in State of Liberty rally at Capitol | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Representative Matt Shea, R-Spokane, was greeted by a few dozen… Continue reading

Utility work on Highway 305 may delay traffic

The Washington State Department of Transportation is warning travelers who use Highway… Continue reading

Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas | 2019 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers, whale watchers and environmentalists reached a rare consensus at… Continue reading

SNOW AND TELL: Bainbridge buried in biggest snow in a generation

There’s snow easy way to say it. Back-to-back snowstorms left Bainbridge Island… Continue reading

Bainbridge blotter | Writing on the wall

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter. TUESDAY, JAN. 29… Continue reading

Attorney General Ferguson reviewing border wall ‘emergency’

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson vowed to legally challenge President Trump’s… Continue reading

Senator Murray: Border emergency is ‘based on lies and a manufactured crisis’

U.S. Senator Patty Murray blasted President Trump’s plan to declare a national… Continue reading

Most Read