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Updated Jul 20, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Former Phoenix cop reacts to Colorado shooting

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo, Chinese then-Vice President Xi Jinping and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, right, raise their glasses during a toast at a formal dinner in the rotunda at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. The 70-year-old Branstad was confirmed Monday, May 22, 2017, as the U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad has no formal diplomatic experience, though his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping dates to the 1980s, when both men were in early stages of their careers. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)


The massacre in a Colorado movie theater has many of us questioning our safety when going to a movie theater and if there is some way we could ever anticipate a tragedy like this one.

“What people will learn is, you can do as much as you can possibly do, and then we don’t have control in the ultimate moment,” said retired Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Hill. “That’s when we have to rise the occasion or know that we have to flee for our lives.”

Hill said that, despite many moviegoers possibly being afraid, that police and security are trained in handling many situations.

“We have to really recognize that…when it occurs at a private enterprise, a private business like the theaters, they are responsible for their security,” he said. “Law enforcement makes suggestions. As a matter of fact, the Valley police agencies do a great training exercise. They are very focused on emergency management.”

Hill said it’s now time to focus on victims and positive things that can be done to help, and not fixate on the suspect himself.

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