September 27, 2019
ATF special agent, Vincennes University alumnus prepares public for
active shooter incidents
VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University students, members of the
public, law enforcement, and high school students were hanging on
every word as VU alumnus and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives Special Agent James Soper shared what civilians should do
to survive during an active shooter situation on Friday.
With the AFT since 2007, Soper is assigned as the Division Tactical
Advisor (DTA) for the Detroit Field Division, which consists of
coordinating and instructing all tactical training for agents and Task
Force Officers. This includes active shooter response training.
A very small percentage of people actually encounter an active
assailant event, according to Soper. His presentation focused on
preparedness and educating civilians on what to actions to take to
survive a situation that involves an active assailant. His talk
centered on Texas State University’s Avoid Deny Defend program or what
he described as run, hide, and fight.
“Avoid is if you are in a situation, avoid the situation and get out
of it. If you’re not in that situation the chances of you being
injured are almost zero. If you are not there, you can’t be injured,”
“If you are present during one of these active assailant attacks, you
should deny them access to you that being we need you to hide. When we
say hide that is barricade yourself in a room. Do not allow them
access to you. Stay low to the ground. Stay away from the doors. Lock
the door. It’s something as simple as when you enter into a room, lock
the door behind you. These individuals are opportunists. If they can
gain access to you easily, then you are a target. If they cannot gain
access to you easily, then they move on to the next possibility.
“In the worst-case scenario and you come face to face with that
attacker, now you have to defend yourself. Defend yourself in ways
that you’ve probably never expected to. This is a life or death
situation. We need you to defend yourself with every ounce of energy
you have. We want you to survive this event. We want you to go home to
your family and get home safe.”
After sharing the life-saving information, Soper was honored as a
distinguished alumni by the Vincennes University Alumni Association
and presented with an award.
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