Shots rang out and cut the silence of the morning air on Friday as law enforcement officers from agencies across the region gathered for the Dale DeBerry Police Pistol Competition in Norman.
The competition was held at the Norman Police Department’s shooting range on Jenkins Avenue south of State Highway 9 where 20 spots lined the range waiting for shooters to begin the first match, wait for the targets to turn and 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.
The competition will continue Saturday.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the competition include Norman Police Department, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Tampa Police, Fort Worth Police Department, Houston Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Colorado State Park.
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