St. Pete police talk about using tactics in Dallas shooting

St. Petersburg Asst. Police Chief Jim Previtera

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Law enforcement across the country are praising Dallas officers for the tactics used to stop the shooter.

A day after five Dallas officers were targeted and killed by a sniper Micah Johnson, St. Petersburg Asst. Police Chief Jim Previtera is out talking to his officers.

“There’s a lot of desire to know more about what happened and how the ambush was carried out,” said Previtera.

An ambush where the shooter had officers at a disadvantage.

“You start to realize that you’re out gunned or being gunned from a position of superiority like they were from an elevated position, and what their chief has described as a triangular ambush,” he said.

Special tactics training suddenly kicks in. Officers are now using cars, buildings, anything as a barrier or shield. Previtera said all departments train for similar scenarios.

“Their first duty was to protect the public and by all appearances, they did that and did it well. And then the second is to try and identify the shooter and try to neutralize the shooter,” said Previtera.

We’ve learned a robot with a bomb took out the gunman.

“They were facing the worst possible scenario, so you’re going to use every tool that you have at your disposal, and that robot was the best tool,” he said.

He said his officers will learn from this tragedy.

“To hear what they did that worked, what they did that didn’t work and how they reacted to try and save their colleagues because I think all of us realize, it was Dallas today, it can any city tomorrow,” he said.


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