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Columbus police SWAT crews equipped with tactic used to get to Las Vegas shooter

Explosive breaching was a tactic officers used to get inside gunman Stephen Paddock's hotel room in Las Vegas. It's a tactic Columbus police S.W.A.T. officers have used several times before. (Courtesy: CNN Newsource)

Explosive breaching was a tactic officers used to get inside gunman Stephen Paddock's hotel room in Las Vegas. It's a tactic Columbus police S.W.A.T. officers have used several times before.

The explosive blows up whatever is blocking officer from getting to the shooter.

Columbus police S.W.A.T. officers used the tactic twice in 2016, one of those times was when a gunman shot and killed officer Steven Smith.

"Explosive charges have a great deal of energy and the energy is what we need to provide a positive breach in that area: whether it's blowing out a wall, whether blowing a door open," said Lt. Paul Ohl of the S.W.A.T. Section for the Columbus Division of Police.

Lt. Ohl said explosive breaching gave the Las Vegas Metro Police a tool they could utilize to get at the threat as quickly as possibly.

"Post-Las Vegas, you always try to look at an incident and try to determine, 'Do you have what you need? Are you trained to deal with that threat?'" said Lt. Ohl

Columbus S.W.A.T. officers said they're equipped and prepared to effectively respond to similar attacks. They use special weapons and tactics, but they can't reveal everything they do to protect citizens and respond to similar attacks.

"Put yourself in those shoes and think about how somebody who wants to harm people would think and figure out ways to defeat those threats," said Lt. Ohl.

Lt. Ohl said he is always staying ahead, constantly thinking about what someone would try to do to attack.

S.W.A.T often helps out with big events in the city like Ohio State football, games, Red, White and Boom and several others.

"It's largely intel-based. There's classified information that might become available that we couldn't share with anybody. You might not even know we are there," said Lt. Ohl.



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