Deputies: security plan worked at courthouse

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 3/08/2012 10:03 am Published: 3/07/2012 10:56 pm

Just after 2:30 p.m. it happened: multiple shots were fired, which left authorities to piece together a chaotic scene outside the County Courthouse.

Authorities said Andrew Denehey showed up and opened fire.

"Anybody can bring a gun and act crazy at any time," said Sgt. Shannon Clark of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.  "Everyone inside the courthouse figured it would happen someday.

"Sometime in your career, you're going to have a situation that you're not comfortable with and you can't pick it, the bad guy gets to pick it," said Clark.

Safety plans had been run through at random, for a while at the courthouse, and then run through again. The plan in place allowed deputies to get to Dennehy before it got worse.

"That’s ridiculous,” said witness Krickett Goldblatt. “You’re in the library and somebody gets shot. Doesn’t make sense."

Goldblatt was on the third floor of the library, looking out of a window when it happened.

Security reasons won't allow Sgt. Clark to unveil specifics about preparedness plans.

"Or plan worked flawlessly,” said Sgt. Clark.

Now the plan is to see what could possibly be done better, so they're ready if and when there's a next time.

"The one time you're not wearing your vest and you need it, you're not going to get a second chance," said Sgt. Clark.

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Unwashed Mass - 3/11/2012 6:36 PM
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(borrowed from the Tulsa World): "Witnesses are clear that Dennehy never aimed (much less fired) his revolver at anyone. That doesn't excuse his behavior, but neither does it absolve the deputies from acting recklessly when they fired in the direction of a crowded public building." They are referring to the person inside the library who was hit by one of several bullets that came through the glass. If the shooter didn't hit the deputy, someone's keeping a secret. Maybe the video shows that, but if it does, we will never see it.

KacieSP - 3/8/2012 1:00 PM
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Unwashed Mass: you have made that statement on every article about this story. What evidence do you have to base that statement on? Please, can not carry a weapon at the court house including the court yard even under the CC. Get your facts straight, if the guy did not fire a shot then who shot the deputy? There was no cross fire since all law enforcement were to the south of the gun man. The by standard that got shot was to the north west of the gun man. The deputies ordered him to put down his gun and that is when he fired at deputies. Once he was down they switched to tasers. Lets wait till all evidence is in before we throw stones. Some of us where there and now first hand what happened it would appear that you were not by your statement.

Unwashed Mass - 3/8/2012 11:03 AM
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The secret "plan" must have been to start shooting at anything that moved, because that's not far from what happened. TCSO's self-serving statements dont change the evidence and witness statements that point to all the victims being shot by officers. Lucky there weren't citizens with CC permits or they would have been shot, too.

ellen - 3/8/2012 10:05 AM
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When are we going to see a physical fitness, nutrition, diet plan mandated for the Tulsa Sheriff's department. It would impact the cost of health insurance and reduce sick days taken if these folks regardless of their courage and dedication were packing a few less pounds.
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