Expert: Law enforcement response to textbooks, “best of the best” to handle the Timberview High School shooting

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MANSFIELD, Texas (UKTN) – Tarleton State University professor Alex del Carmen said law enforcement’s response to Tuesday’s active shooters situation at Timberview High School in Mansfield was a “handbook.”

“You have a coordinated response, police departments and they know what they’re doing. They roam the stage, left, right, top to bottom to make sure there are no details to be discovered. They are interviewing witnesses and pursuing the suspect at this point (I guess, very aggressively) throughout the region. And maybe the state, ”said Del Carmen, associate dean and professor in the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies at the College of the Liberal Arts.

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He also gave some advice to worried parents.

“I have worked with some of the agencies involved today, and I can assure you that they are the best of the best. There was an immediate response from the security team to remove the victims and bring them to the hospital, ”he said.

As for the person of interest, alleged shooter and student, Timothy George Simpkins, Del Carmen said the success of the operation will depend on his apprehension. “Until he is taken into custody, parents and local residents will remain very nervous.”

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The “Everything’s Clear” was given to Timberview High School in Arlington hours after the 18-year-old took off from campus in his silver charger.

Arlington Deputy Police Chief Kevin Kolbye has confirmed that there have been four casualties from the situation. Three people were taken to a local hospital. An injured person refused to seek treatment on the spot.

Officials from the Arlington Police Department confirmed that ATF Dallas Field Division, Mansfield Police, Grand Prairie Police and Mansfield ISD Police were all working at the scene and carrying out a ‘systematic search’ of campus.

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Mansfield ISD has set up a reunification place where adults can pick up students. Parents are told to go to the Center for Performing Arts, located at 1110 West Debbie Lane in Mansfield. Police said the students would eventually be bused to the scene once the school is fully secured and officers are on the scene. The current student population is approximately 2,000.

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