LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The sound of gunfire can be frightening, however, local law enforcement is trained to respond and react.
8 News Now Victoria Saha got some insight into how the Las Vegas Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations does its firearms training, and how important they said it was to follow up on a regular basis.
Spencer Evans is the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Las Vegas Division and had several shooting instructors walk 8 News Now through their firearms curriculum.
“It’s serious business, it’s dangerous and there’s not a bunch of cowboys shooting,” Evans said.
Although it may seem easy from afar, the FBI undergoes rigorous training.
“Each agent qualifies with their weapon at least four times a year, those leading specialist teams, including SWAT, will qualify weekly,” Evans added.
No matter how prepared the training takes, Evans said there is always a threat.
The fatal shooting that involved subway police officer Truong Thai, who was killed in the line of duty, is a recent example.
“Even if the bullet hits you in the wrong place, it can still kill you,” Evans told 8 News Now. “Guns are a natural part of the job and the bad guys have them too, and as we’ve seen over the past few weeks, they’re not afraid to use them.”