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Newtown cops recount horrific scene for first time

Their stories provide the fullest account yet of the scene as officers responded to one of the worst school massacres in American history

By Ray Rivera
The International Herald Tribune

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The stories of those first on the scene at the killings of 20 students in Connecticut in December reveal the deep stress that lingers.

The gunfire ended; now it was so quiet they could hear broken glass and bullet casings scrape under their boots. The smell of gunpowder filled the air. The officers turned down their radios: if there was still a shooter, they did not want to give away their position.

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