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Mexia ISD officer killed during training exercise

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jsalcedo, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Senior Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    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

    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

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

    "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.

  2. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Senior Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    What kind of nonsense statement is that?

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

    Hawkmoon Senior Member

    May 5, 2004
    Real guns should not be used. I am more and more becoming a proponant of airsoft for force-on-force training
  4. TarpleyG

    TarpleyG Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    North Carolina
    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.

  5. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    What's difficult to understand about not bearing the four safety rules in mind?
  6. Drizzt

    Drizzt Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Moscow on the Colorado, TX
    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.....
  7. Smoke

    Smoke Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Bosque County, Texas
    Didn't the same thing happen in the Metroplex a few years ago? Seems ike I remember Arlington (may be wrong)

    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.

    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.

    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.

  8. Geno
    • Contributing Member

    Geno Elder

    Jun 11, 2005
    Blanks, blanks, blanks...

    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:


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