Shooting skills: Training to counter an ambush

During a dynamic daylong firearms course presented by LMS Defense, police officers from a handful of agencies proved the credo, "I will get top-notch tactical training whether or not my agency pays for it"

Article updated October 19, 2018 

Eighteen hands went into the air when the instructor asked, “How many of you remember what happened in Lakewood, Washington back in November of 2009?”

We nodded solemnly as we remembered the assassination of four police officers — Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Ronald Owens, Officer Tina Griswold, and Officer Greg Richards — at the Forza coffee shop.

We were at the midway point of our training as the instructor spoke briefly about the ambush attack by Maurice Clemmons and the need to practice firing from a seated position. We cast our eyes downrange and saw chairs set up on the five-yard line with bad-guy targets stapled to the target stands. We all knew what was next.

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