• Local terror expert comments on Orlando shooting

    By: Morgan Downing


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • Dr. Ronald Thrasher is telling local residents to speak up if they see suspicious activity.
    • He said he believes the Orlando mass shooting won't be the last incident of its kind.
    • Thrasher said the attacks can often be prevented.


    A local terror expert is telling residents to speak up if they see anything suspicious.

    Dr. Ronald Thrasher, a forensic psychologist and associate professor at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, said people should always be aware of their surroundings.

    Unfortunately, Thrasher said, the Orlando mass shooting might not be the last time that sort of tragedy unfolds.

    Thrasher is not directly involved in the large investigation following the Orlando incident, but he said he knows investigators that are looking at particulars from angle right now, and he trusts them.

    Thrasher said residents need to speak up so attacks can prevented.

    He said many times people who commit similar acts talk about and forecast their behavior.

    He said people need to have a safety plan.

    Thrasher said the training law enforcement officials in the Tulsa area undergo is the same across the board, so everyone is on the same page in the event of an attack.

    He said it looks as though the Orlando police chief reacted to the shooting in a commendable way.


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