NEWPORT, Ky. -- SWAT officers with binoculars and sniper rifles crouched Thursday night on the roof of Newport Central Catholic High School, sights trained on the only set of windows that hadn’t been shuttered.
The students had already been evacuated with their hands in the air. Inside the one still-lit classroom, rifle-wielding officers handcuffed a man who lay face-down on the tile floor.
A photographer in a green vest trailed behind.
Thursday night was just practice for the Newport Police Department: The suspect was an actor, and the students were ever in any danger. However, Lt. Chris Fangman said, a real shooting could happen at any time. He and the rest of his department hope to be prepared if it does.
"We're very much looking at it as the position of, we're all fathers and mothers and sons and daughters,” he said. “We all train as if our children are in there.”