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September 30, 2013

Norman police pistol team takes home honors

NORMAN — Between Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, six members of the Norman Police Department’s Pistol Team traveled to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete against shooters from across the nation and the world in the New Mexico Regional and National Police Shooting Competition (NPSC). 

Participants include, Det. David King, Sgt. Robert Wasoski, Sgt. William Crews, Sgt. Joshua Barker, Master Police Officer Jeremy Garnand and Officer Christi Copeland.

Police Pistol Combat (PPC) is an accuracy-based sport where competitors fire semi-automatic handguns and revolvers from distances of 3, 7, 15, 25 and 50 yards. Shooters must fire specific counts of ammunition from pre-designated positions within a given time frame. Hundreds of competitors from across the nation, including teams from Germany and Venezuela, competed for the top shooter and team awards.

During the New Mexico Regional, Sgt. Wasoski acquired one third and one fourth place finish. Sgt. Barker achieved one third place finish. MPO Garnand scored two first place finishes and one third, while Officer Copeland succeeded with one fourth place finish.

Det. King accrued one first place and one fourth place medal. Sgt. Wasoski earned a first place and one third place finish. Sgt. Crews blistered the competition with one first place, one second place and two fourth place finishes.

Sgt. Barker distinguished one first place, seven second place, two third place and one fifth place finish. Master Police Officer Garnand garnered six first place, two second place, two third place and one fourth place finish. Officer Copeland managed to seize one first, one second, four third, and one fourth place finishes.

Near the conclusion of the match, Officers competed in a number of two- and four-man team matches. Once again the Norman Police Department outperformed the competition, when King, Wasoski, Crews and Copeland took home the first place award in the Open Revolver, 4-Person Team. Norman achieved a number of second place finishes in other team matches: King, Wasoski, Barker, Copeland- 4-Person Stock Auto; Crews and Garnand- 2-Person Stock Auto; and Garnand and Copeland- 2-Person Open Auto. King, Wasoski, Crews and Barker also placed 3rd in the 4-person Open Auto.

“The President’s 100” designates the top 100 shooters, as identified throughout the NPSC. Sgt. Joshua Barker ranked No. 59 overall and Master Police Officer Jeremy Garnand ranked No. 84 overall.

The city of Norman and Norman Police Department’s reputation was solidified in 1975 when Royce Weddle became Norman’s first and only PPC National Champion. Weddle died on Sept. 8 and the members of the Norman Police Department Pistol Team dedicated this year’s success to him.

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