The Norman Transcript

Headlines

August 24, 2013

Norman Police Department hosts regional shooting competition

NORMAN — Shots rang out and cut through the silence of the morning air on Friday as law enforcement from agencies across the region gathered for the Dale DeBerry Police Pistol Competition in Norman.

The competition was hosted at the Norman Police Department’s firearms range where 20 spots lined the range waiting for shooters to begin the first match, for the targets to turn and for the shooting to begin.

Norman Police Sgt. Shon Elroy said the competition is an opportunity to expose officers to a stressful shooting situation and mimic the stress that could be experienced during a real shooting situation while on duty. The competition also helps firearms instructors, he said.

“Many officers also teach firearms, so it’s one of the best ways to prepare firearms instructors,” Elroy said.

Sgt. William Crews, who won the shotgun competition Thursday, said a large portion of the Norman police team are firearms instructors, so it helps them train their officers through the lessons and techniques learned while competing.

“In the very unfortunate case that they may need their gun on the street, they’ll be able to do it effectively, not put anybody else at risk, defend themselves and go home at the end of the day,” Crews said.

He also said since the competition brings in shooters from several states, they are able to compare techniques and talk about things that worked or didn’t work. It also gives them a sense of camaraderie at something that’s worthwhile and fun, he said.

“My favorite part is to do well on the line,” Crews said. “It is a lot of hard work, it is a lot of practice time and you spend hours of a day in preparation, but when you get on the line and do well, it makes you feel exhilarated that your skills are where they need to be to win.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Fracking Operation Norman library to host community dialogue about fracking

    Are Oklahoma oil companies an oligarchy that is controlling state policy? Is fracking safe? These and other topics will be the subject of an upcoming Fracking Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Norman Public Library’s Lowry Room, 225 ...

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Information scarce on ‘dark money’ group in Oklahoma superintendent campaign

    An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission....

    July 24, 2014

  • Medical examiner says inmate died of an accidental drug overdose

    The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday said a woman found dead in the Cleveland County jail Feb. 23 died of a drug overdose....

    July 24, 2014

  • Ride CART fare free on Ozone Alert Day

    Environmental officials have declared today as an Ozone Alert Day. Passengers ride fare free on Cleveland Area Rapid Transit on Ozone Alert Days....

    July 24, 2014

  • Board votes to delay plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Arizona inmate dies two hours after execution begins

    PHOENIX — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S....

    July 24, 2014

  • Man injured in motorcycle wreck ID’d

    Norman police identified a man transported to Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room after a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car Wednesday....

    July 24, 2014

  • Wine, Organ and Compline at St. Thomas More

    St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 Stinson St., is hosting the Wine, Organ and Compline at 7 p.m. today. The series will begin with a wine and cheese gathering in the atrium, followed by an organ recital presented by guest organist ...

    July 24, 2014

  • 48 dead after Taiwan plane crash

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island today where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following persons were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Kenneth Leo Turk, 64, aggravated count of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol · Kelly Revonn Turner, 21, ...

    July 24, 2014