Mexia ISD officer killed during training exercise


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jsalcedo
November 23, 2005, 10:56 AM
Mexia ISD officer killed during training exercise

By Tim Woods Tribune-Herald staff writer

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A Mexia Independent School District police sergeant died
after he was accidentally shot during a training exercise on
Tuesday.

Sgt. Scott Neal, 31, was shot by a fellow officer as Mexia
ISD and Mexia police went through SWAT training exercises in
an abandoned fire department next to Mexia's city hall
shortly after noon, said Matt Cawthon, a Texas Ranger who
was among those that responded to the shooting.

"It was a critically tragic accident that occurred during a
training exercise," Cawthon said.

The Texas Ranger said that guns go through strict
inspections before being used in training exercises and said
that Tuesday's incident is difficult to understand.

"Team leaders, commanders and instructors are to check and
double check (weapons used in training exercises), but
somehow that one didn't get checked," Cawthon said. "There's
no sense in it. It's just tragic."

Cawthon said the name of the officer who shot Neal is being
withheld, but he did say that the tragedy was exacerbated by
the fact that the two men were "very close friends, if not
best friends."

A crisis intervention team from Waco was sent to counsel
officers that were involved with the training exercise, many
of whom were in severe shock, Cawthon said.

Mexia ISD school board president Don Corbitt said that Neal
had worked for the district's police force for at least two
or three years and said Neal was well-liked and respected by
students and faculty.

"He was an excellent guy," Corbitt said. "He was super with
the kids, just the kind of guy you'd want for that
position."

Cawthon said that Neal had a wife and a young child, and
said that accidents like Tuesday's are impossible to prepare
for.

"It's everybody's worst nightmare come true," he said.

Cawthon said that an investigation will be conducted and the
findings will be presented to the Limestone County district
attorney's office.

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/11/23/20051123wacmexiaofficer.html

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jsalcedo
November 23, 2005, 11:01 AM
Cawthon said that accidents like Tuesday's are impossible to prepare for.

What kind of nonsense statement is that?

Is part of the training having cops point guns at one another with fingers on the triggers?

Hawkmoon
November 23, 2005, 11:40 AM
Real guns should not be used. I am more and more becoming a proponant of airsoft for force-on-force training

TarpleyG
November 23, 2005, 04:09 PM
First of all, I assume we are talking about Mexia, Texas here, correct? If so, what in the sam hell do they need a school district police department for? Last time I blew through town, I had to keep from blinking to miss the only stoplight there. Just more "feel good" nonsense from the left I guess.

Greg

Standing Wolf
November 23, 2005, 06:33 PM
The Texas Ranger said that guns go through strict inspections before being used in training exercises and said that Tuesday's incident is difficult to understand.

What's difficult to understand about not bearing the four safety rules in mind?

Drizzt
November 24, 2005, 03:12 AM
I was just trying to figure out as well how Mexia had a seperate ISD police force as well as an actual SWAT team. Guess they had to find some way to protect the town from Anna Nicole Smith coming back to visit.....

Smoke
November 24, 2005, 06:50 AM
Didn't the same thing happen in the Metroplex a few years ago? Seems ike I remember Arlington (may be wrong)

Is part of the training having cops point guns at one another with fingers on the triggers?
Yes. It's very common. The guy screwed up by even bringing live rounds with him to the training exercise. Others screwed up by not checking his weapon.

What's difficult to understand about not bearing the four safety rules in mind?

WHen doing force on force training somebody has to play the part of the bad guy, he will at somepart have a weapon pointed at him. We must assume this was a simunitions exercise most likely.

I was just trying to figure out as well how Mexia had a seperate ISD police force as well as an actual SWAT team

That one has me stumped too. Mexia is not to far from here, about 6500 folks best as I can recall. Most towns that size have neither a ISD police force or a SWAT. Maybe all 6500 are members of Bloods or Crips or some other such fraternal organization.

Smoke

Geno
November 24, 2005, 07:00 AM
Did I mention blanks? If you don't verify, you're in for a heap of trouble. If you don't want to worry about having to verify, Glock makes some wonderful "pretend" guns that can NOT take a bullet. :banghead:

Doc2005

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