“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)