HOLT, MI (WLNS) – On Wednesday Sheriff’s Deputies conducted the annual media shootout competition at their training grounds. Although participants were in a controlled environment, it only takes one situation to go from calm to chaotic. We’ve all seen the stories from throughout the country and right in our community when officers are forced to make a split-second decision.
Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said, “usually in a blink of an eye. You got to react pretty quickly. Unholster your weapon and be able to get off a round. It’s life and death and sometimes you can’t react fast enough.”
Which is why training is necessary for the deputies and for those at the shooting range Wednesday according to Sheriff Wriggelsworth.
“It was my intent to give media a chance to see what our weapons were like to shoot them and more accurately report when these issues come about just exactly what it’s about,” said Sheriff Wriggelsworth.
Deputy Robert McElmurray said, “it’s a matter of seconds and unfortunately that’s the only thing that’s going to save your life. The fact that you can draw your gun and put shots on target in sometimes a tenth of a second. You know, your life depends on It unfortunately in our job.”
Sheriff Wriggelsworth knows crime happens everywhere but he feels people in Ingham County are in good hands.
“We have crime, name a community who doesn’t? But overall, it’s a nice place to raise a family,” finished Wriggelsworth.
The Ingham County Sheriff’s Department has been conducting this media shootouts for 25 years.