Course detail: LE20286F - Gold Shield: Mass Shootings - Case Studies & Lessons Learned

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission was established by the Florida Legislature to analyze the shooting at MSDHS in Parkland, FL, and other mass-casualty incidents as well as offer recommendations on improvements in law enforcement, mental health, and school safety. Sergeant John Suess IV of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will summarize the investigative findings and MSDPSC recommendations for improving various systemic failures. 

On July 20, 2012, James Holmes entered the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. Holmes took his seat and shortly after the movie started, he snuck out to his vehicle and returned to shoot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. Holmes was arrested near his car parked outside the cinema minutes later. Prior to the shooting, Holmes rigged his apartment with homemade explosives, which were defused by a bomb squad one day after the shooting. Holmes confessed to the shooting but pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Arapahoe County prosecutors sought the death penalty for Holmes. Jury selection started in January 2015 and finally, the trial began on April 27, 2015. On July 16, 2015, he was convicted of 24 counts of first-degree murder, 140 counts of attempted first-degree murder, and one count of possessing explosives. The jury did not vote for the death penalty; however, he was given 12 life sentences, one for every person he killed, and 3,318 years for the attempted murders. Who Should Attend ?This course contains valuable information for all law enforcement professionals 

Retired Aurora Police Department Homicide Detective Craig J. Appel will present the Century 16 Mass Murders Investigation. The presentation will cover the efforts taken to bring one of the most prolific mass murderers to justice. The Parkland, Florida School shooting and the Century 16 mass murders will be examined in an effort to successfully address future mass shooting incidents. Topics covered include a timeline of the defendant's life, arrest, laborious investigation, court proceedings, prosecution, post-conviction, and the legal gamesmanship, numerous obstacles overcome, lessons learned, and tragedies averted.  
Core Competencies 
  • Participants will acquire the skills to develop a plan based on the answers to difficult questions in regards to how their own agency is prepared to deal with such events. 
  • Participants will catalog their own knowledge, ability, and resources they have at their disposal so when they are faced with a mass killing incident they will be better equipped to address it successfully. 
Who Should Attend 
  • On July 20, 2012, James Holmes entered the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. Holmes took his seat and shortly after the movie started, he snuck out to his vehicle and returned to shoot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. Holmes was arrested near his car parked outside the cinema minutes later. Prior to the shooting, Holmes rigged his apartment with homemade explosives, which were defused by a bomb squad one day after the shooting. Holmes confessed to the shooting but pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Arapahoe County prosecutors sought the death penalty for Holmes. Jury selection started in January 2015 and finally, the trial began on April 27, 2015. On July 16, 2015, he was convicted of 24 counts of first-degree murder, 140 counts of attempted first-degree murder, and one count of possessing explosives. The jury did not vote for the death penalty; however, he was given 12 life sentences, one for every person he killed, and 3,318 years for the attempted murders. Who Should Attend: This course contains valuable information for all law enforcement professionals 
Methodologies 
  • Lecture 
  • Discussion 
Primary Course Objectives 
  • Participants will discuss the background of k-12 active-assailant incidents, MSDHS shooter and the shooting itself as well as 911 and radio communications. 
  • Participants will also discuss law enforcement and emergency medical response to the shooting and school safety issues.

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