(SIOUX CITY, IA) - Police rounded up as many officers as possible to cover the shooting scene on Monday afternoon. It used to take the SWAT team less than an hour to get ready and on the scene. Now it can take just 20 to 30 minutes.
"We actually had all of our SWAT team preparing for an exercise with the school district. So we had everybody assembled. We had vehicles and equipment ready. It was a very quick transition from where they were to the scene," said Lieutenant Rex Mueller, Sioux City Police Department.
He was on the scene with practically all of his co-workers looking for Jamal Dean - the suspect police say shot an officer. "Thankfully we had great cooperation from federal and local agencies and state agencies. So we did a good job of maintaining that scene, but unfortunately it seems as though our suspect escaped the scene we had prior to the arrival of all the resources," said Lt. Mueller. The SWAT truck is where all the equipment is stored and ready to go at a moment's notice. "These are low lethality devices. They shoot gas," said Lt. Mueller inside the truck. Boston Police dealt with a similar situation just two weeks ago. "Even in Boston with as many officers that they had state, federally and locally I'm sure they ran out of people very quickly. We had the same issues here. We had a lot of resources, but it seemed like in incidents like this even having a lot of resources never seems to be enough," said Lt. Mueller. Nevertheless he says everyone relied on their training to work as a team. "This doesn't happen everyday, but law enforcement as a whole tends to pull together to resolve a situation like this very quickly," said Lt. Mueller.
It's been more than 30 years since a Sioux City police officer was shot on the job on November 13, November 1982.