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
  • SWIMMER Aquatic center could serve many community needs

    Michael Yoch could have been the kid with asthma sitting on the sidelines — could have been, but wasn’t. Michael had trouble running because of his asthma, which made it difficult to play soccer and many other sports his friends loved. ...

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Photo Slideshow: James Garner through the years

    Photos of James Garner...

    July 27, 2014

  • Health officials prepare for flu

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a flu season in which a record number of Oklahomans died as a result of the virus, state and county health officials say educating the public and general common sense are vital to reducing both the death rate and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisons expand reach to bring training to more officers

    McALESTER — Joshua Drake once was offered the chance to be a corrections officer but turned it down because he didn’t want to leave his wife and aging parents for six weeks to train hundreds of miles away in El Reno....

    July 27, 2014

  • Scam targets migrants

    HOUSTON — Scammers have been preying on the relatives of unaccompanied young migrants being held at two U.S. military bases by conning them into paying nonexistent fees to be reunited with their loved ones, officials said....

    July 27, 2014

  • New library leaders

    The Pioneer Library System has familiar faces taking over leadership roles with its two hometown libraries....

    July 27, 2014

  • Political activist Norma Sapp to speak

    Political activist Norma Sapp will speak on the progress of the state’s medical marijuana petition at the Tyner Cornbread and Beans luncheon Aug. 1 at Catering Creations 3750 West Main.  The values of medical marijuana and the failure of ...

    July 27, 2014

  • FedEx charges raising online pharmacy issues

    SAN FRANCISCO — FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions....

    July 27, 2014

  • Hamas fires rockets on Israel, ending 12-hour lull

    BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip — Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting Israel’s offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Man found dead outside Tulsa home

    TULSA — Police in Tulsa are investigating the death of a man whose body was found outside a house on the city’s north side....

    July 27, 2014